Last Man Out

Last Man Out

The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster

Paperback - 2003
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One evening in late October 1958, the deepest coal mine in North America "bumped"-its rock floors heaved up and smashed into rock ceilings. Most of the men on the shift perished. But nineteen men were trapped alive a mile below the earth's surface, struggling to survive without food, water, light, or fresh air. Almost a week passed without rescue. Hopes of finding life dwindled; then a miracle happened: Rescuers stumbled across a broken pipe that led to the cave of survivors. In the media circus that followed, the survivors' endurance was mythologized and twisted, and the state of Georgia's tourism ploy-inviting the survivors to recuperate on a Georgia beach-turned racist and pitted the miners against each other.

Using long-lost stories and interviews with survivors, Greene has reconstructed an extraordinary drama of their struggle and miraculous rescue.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2003.
ISBN: 9780156029575
Characteristics: 342 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


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IPL_Mandy Jun 14, 2014

An important part of Canadian history, this is the story of the men in the '58 bump at the Springhill, Nova Scotia coal mine. Most didn't survive, but the few who did spent days in the dark before being rescued. The event was the first to be internationally broadcast live by the news, around the world. The media attention was unparalleled at the time. I like this one so much I read it twice.

Music to read by: Men of the Deep.

Serving suggestion: rappie pie and butter tarts

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