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Dozens were killed or wounded, hundreds arrested. The battle challenged appalling conditions miners faced, culminating later with New Deal labor victories. Eroded later, they're now lost, but not in the memories of activists struggling to regain them.
At the time, the Battle of Blair Mountain was a watershed event. In April 2008, the National Register of Historic Places nominated the site for its protected places list, a decision the state of West Virginia contested, leaving its status under review.
On or off, Blair Mountain symbolizes a struggle anti-mountaintop removal activists don't intend to lose.
For them and beleaguered Appalachian residents, winning can't come a moment too soon.
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