The Esau System

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Whipple Company Store-West Virginia Historical Photographs Collection.

We’ve all heard about the hardships miners and their families went through before the UMWA organized the mines. But there were some places in West Virginia where families suffered unspeakably when a miner became disabled. That’s when the “Esau system” kicked in. Today Rod and Steve tell you what the “Esau system” was, as well as other horrible instances of abuse of miners’ loved ones by the coal company owners.

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