A Miner’s Family Life

Memories of Minden, West Virginia

by Billy Ray Bibb



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/26/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781728300849
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781728300825
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781728300832

About the Book

Dare we compare mining to slavery? In a way, yes. Although miners were not physically owned, they were mentally owned by their work. Livelihoods were owned by the company store—which was detrimental both emotionally and psychologically—making life difficult for not just the miners but their families, too. Many immigrants who came to America were forced to leave their homelands, seeking a means to survive in the new world. The American Dream promised a life of freedom—but was that really true for immigrants who became miners? Mining was different from the work they were accustomed to, but immigrants thought it had to be better than what they left behind. Economically, though, they were blind. Immigrants were paid little for dangerous work, but they endured. In A Miner’s Family Life, author Billy Ray Bibb tells the story of his life and his family history. He comes from a long line of West Virginian coal miners so he knows the true story. This is dedicated to all miners, including the souls of those who suffered in body, mind, and spirit.

About the Author

Billy Ray Bibb served in the United States Navy and has always had a desire to tell his life’s story. From the book’s proceeds, he plans to raise money for the Minden Community Center in an effort to preserve the small West Virgina town’s history. Bibb currently lives in Scottsville, Virginia.