How toxic is smokestack nostalgia?


Steel workers in Pittsburgh, Penn. 1955. Photo by W. Eugene Smith/Magnum

Two memorials pay homage to the miners killed in a coal dust explosion on 5 April 2010 at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. One is a towering black granite monument etched with the silhouettes of the 29 miners, from Cory Davis, who was aged 20, to Benny Willingham, 61. The monument’s inscription […]

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