Occupational Disease and Career Trajectory in Hard Coal, 1870–1930


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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, workers in the anthracite industry commonly followed career paths that led to respiratory impairment. In turn, work‐induced pulmonary difficulties explain much of the downward mobility of older miners in this period. Managerial practice both accommodated and exacerbated disability. The United Mine Workers of America dealt with this problem primarily through agitation for legislative reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-110
Number of pages17
JournalIndustrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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