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This day in history — April 8, 1911 — Mine Explosion near Birmingham, Alabama, Kills 128 State Prisoners

By 1910, the State of Alabama had become the sixth largest coal producer in the United States. Between 1875 and 1900, Alabama‚Äôs coal production grew from 67,000 tons to 8.4 million tons. This growth was driven in large part by … Continue reading

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