So, I just kinda wanted to share this with you guys. If you like documentaries and have been looking for something to watch. It also kinda relates to The Hunger Games, and I will explain why. (with a link to it below)
Some of you know, some of you don't, and for those that don't know, I live in a place known as Bloody Harlan. We got that name in the 20's and 30's because of a civil war that went on in this county. The coal miners wanted union, and the mine bosses said no. For those of you that don't know much about coal mining, it is a very dangerous job that will kill you in some way or another. If you don't end up getting hurt in the mine in some way, if you don't end up dying in a cave in, Black Lung will kill you. People here did it, and still do it because we are a tiny place with no job or educational opportunities. Men take the jobs they have to to care for their families. It's also a family thing.
The men back then were sick of being treated like work horses, like common trash, and so they went on strike. They want a union, they wanted a union that was for them, that would put safety regulations in place and force mine owners to compensate their workers for injuries and support their families if they are killed. The mine bosses didn't want that.
A war broke out.
A bit of a warning, if you're still interested in watching it (the action starts a about 17:00), there is a lot of cursing, there is nudity, and there is a whole lot of violence. You will see people getting dragged, beaten, strangled. And you will see people get shot. You will see organs and blood and see the emotional turmoil of the whole thing.
Link: Harlan County U.S.A
Some side info: The poor housing you see, we've come past that now to some degree, but people do still live in houses like that. The houses you see that are all close together near the mines are called Coal Camps, and families were forced to live there. They had to get their mail at a post office there, get groceries there using punch cards (cards that told you what you're allowed to buy and how much), etc. etc.
A 'Scab' or 'Scabber' is someone who takes the place of a striking worker. They work without union, which makes it a lot harder for the union to do anything or get a union together. They are scum, screw them.
You'll see kids having to take baths outside, in tin tubs, you'll see kids wearing rags and all the women in ratty dresses and the men in clothes covered in coal dust.
How this related to the hunger games: You'll see what it's like to live in the coal district. You'll see how accurate the beginning of that movie is, you'll the oppression of coal miners and their families. You will see people starving and doing without, and you will see the danger of living in coal country.