Bucket of Blood: The Ragman's War

Scope and Content

"Bucket of Blood" is what a coal town was called when deaths occurred to establish a worker's union. During the 1927-1928 strike in the western Pennsylvania coalfields, Russellton became known as such a place. Bucket of Blood: The Ragman's Warchronicles the depravation and indignities suffered by the families in the Russellton camps during the strike. Author R.S. Suckle explores the glimmers of hope appearing through relief efforts by the sons of a local farmer who become union activists.