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Over the past few years, we’ve become familiar with the weapons of American
police brutality, from tear gas and rubber bullets to automatic weapons.
But few realize just how long these tactics have been in play. Nearly 100
years ago, the U.S. federal government was dropping bombs on civilians in
rural West Virginia

For a week in the late summer of 1921, planes buzzed, machine guns rattled,
gas hissed and bombs whistled through the air around Blair Mountain. It was
like a scene out of World War I — a war that had ended just a few years
earlier. Now, the United States was fighting itself in a conflict known as
the Coal Wars, and the Battle of Blair Mountain would be the biggest fight
yet. Impoverished coal miners
everything to try to unionize and establish some basic rights
<http://www.ozy.com/flashback/jackie-robinson-business-pioneer/40613> for
themselves and their communities.

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