Weekend Video: “They Didn’t Starve Us Out”: Industrial Cape Breton in the 1920s

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A coal mine in Cape Breton, NS.

William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day (AKA Davis Day, Miners’ Memorial Day) is an annual day of remembrance observed on June 11 in coal mining communities in Nova Scotia where residents recognize all miners who were killed on the job in the province.

“They Didn’t Starve Us Out”: Industrial Cape Breton in the 1920’s, directed by Patricia Kipping, is a history of the coal mining industry in Cape Breton in the 1920’s. The film examines how the British Empire Steel Corporation purchased every steel and coal company in Nova Scotia, cut wages by a third and caused a bitter labour dispute, forcing miners into a long and violent strike that was ended by the military in 1925, but not before the miners had broken up the monopoly, providing an example to workers across the country.

Watch the film here!

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