Book Reviews questions, of course, fall beyond the scope of the present work, but they do suggest that, thanks to Bernath's study, the soil now is rich for future research into the Civil War's complex intellectual history. Scholars of the Civil War, southern history, and American intellectual history should be grateful for this fine contribution to the field. Timothy J. Williams University of Northern Iowa Matewan Before the Massacre: Politics, Coal, and the Roots of Conflict in a West Virginia Mining Community. By Rebecca J. Bailey. (Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2008. Pp. ix, 292.) Rebecca J. Bailey's book, Matewan Before the Massacre, reexamines a familiar event in West Virginia history. Much has been written about what happened on May 19, 1920, in the Mingo County coal-mining community of Matewan when a violent confrontation resulted in the deaths of ten men. Yet Bailey makes a noteworthy contribution to that literature with her investigation into the reasons why the massacre occurred in Matewan rather than in another southern West Virginia community. Through her examination of the political, economic, and social landscapes of early Mingo County, Bailey counters simplistic portrayals of the massacre as merely a labor dispute between the
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