Jeff Biggers will read from Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland. Journalist Biggers tallies up the human cost of more than two centuries of coal mining in southern Illinois as he excavates the history beneath the homestead at Eagle Creek where his family lived for eight generations. The displacement of the indigenous Shawnee, the hidden legacy of slavery, and the intense conflicts between miners and their bosses all come sharply into focus in the personal and historical account. Biggers also presents a devastating critique of the myth of clean coal.
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