Books & Music

Below is a list of recommended books, songs, and documentaries about coal mining and/or the labor movement that are recommended by the United Mine Workers of America. If you would like your work reviewed by the United Mine Workers of America, email


New Release

Fight Like Hell: The Testimony of Mother Jones



Drawn from her autobiography, letters, speeches, and interviews, FIGHT LIKE HELL is as bold and forceful as Mother Jones herself. Adapted from Obie Award-winning Actress Kaiulani Lee’s one-woman play “Can’t Scare Me,” FIGHT LIKE HELL was written and performed by Lee and directed by Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney.


The River Drivers – Big Oak Road

Released in 2019, some of the UMWA’s favorite songs include:

Children’s March (Mother Jones)

Union Man

Farewell Johnny Miner


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“These songs tell the stories of people who were just trying to get by and had other peoples’ for-tunes made on their backs—the stories of what they suffered through and what they did to overcome.”



UMWA and other Labor History

Historical Fiction

The Labor Movement