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‘Birthplace of the Middle Class’ is found in a West Virginia doorway with a brutal history

A dozen armed men wearing dark suits stepped off the noon train in Matewan, West Virginia, on Wednesday, May 19, 1920. Residents knew this was trouble. Out-of-work coal miners, in town to pick up union relief checks, watched warily. Teachers at the local grade school dismissed students early to get them home and off the […]