by Anne Palmer Kabasan Lest we forget, miners are heroes just like soldiers are. They are the backbone of our country. Soldiers carry guns; miners carry picks, shovels, and human sweat to dig coal. They are constantly worried about digging enough coal to feed their families, and they work in endless fear for their lives at work. Coal wins wars, makes steel, and keeps factories running, but the mines cause illiteracy, widows, and fatherless children. About the Author Anne Palmer Kabasan was a child of the mining industry, where black lung, injury, and death were no strangers to her and her six brothers. Poor wages and housing and a lack of medical attention were commonplace. Though schooling was put on the back burner for miners and their families, Annes parents were educated, and they vowed that there would never be illiteracy in the Gugar family. When the children were unable to attend school, they were taught at home. The family was constantly being moved from state to state and town to town. With her moderate education, Anne managed to change her life, as did her brothers, with her parents blessing. (2004, paperback, 788 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.