John A. Velke III (Author of The True Story Of The Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency)
Guns, Thugs and Heros
The gunfight in downtown Matewan on May 19, , had all the elements of a high-noon showdown: on one side, the heroes, a pro-union sheriff and mayor; on the other, the dastardly henchmen of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Within 15 minutes, ten people were dead—seven detectives, two miners and the mayor. Three months later, the conflict in the West Virginia coal town had escalated to the point where martial law was declared and federal troops had to intervene. Then, as now, West Virginia was coal country. For miners, the system resembled something like feudalism. Sanitary and living conditions in the company houses were abysmal, wages were low, and state politicians supported wealthy coal company owners rather than miners. The problems persisted for decades and only began to improve once Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed the National Industrial Recovery Act in
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It started as a protection service for railroads. America's economic. Baldwin-Felts Detective agents killed him and friend Ed Chambers. See Ken Sullivan ed. Richmond, Va: : , , Photos of Jessie appear on pages 47 and 55 of Sullivan.
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