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By James Sanders Day

Diamonds within the Rough reconstructs the ancient second that outlined the Cahaba Coal box, a mineral-rich quarter that stretches throughout sixty-seven miles and 4 counties of critical Alabama.


Combining current written resources with oral debts and private memories, James Sanders Day’ s Diamonds within the Rough describes the various coal operations during this area— later overshadowed by way of the increase of the Birmingham district and the bigger Warrior box to the north.


Many of the capitalists are an analogous: Truman H. Aldrich, Henry F. DeBardeleben, and James W. Sloss, between others; besides the fact that, the plethora of small self reliant firms, houses of the coal itself, and technological concerns distinguish the Cahaba from different Alabama coal fields. really short-lived, the Cahaba coal-mining operation spanned from discovery within the 1840s via improvement, growth, and eventually bust within the mid-1950s.


Day considers the chronological discovery, mapping, mining, and advertising of the sphere’ s coal in addition to the problems of convict leasing, city improvement, welfare capitalism, and unionism, weaving all of it right into a wealthy tapestry. on the center of the tale are the varied those that lived and labored within the district— no matter if operator or miner, administration or hard work, union or nonunion, white or black, immigrant or local— who left a legacy for posterity now captured in Diamonds within the Rough. mostly obscured at the present time through pine timber and kudzu, the mining districts of the Cahaba Coal box without end prompted the lives of numerous contributors and households, and eventually contributed to the complete cloth of the nation of Alabama.


Winner of the 2014 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for most sensible paintings on Alabama neighborhood historical past from the Alabama ancient Association

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