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- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: March 18, 2000
They work in a world filled with darkness and danger. They have kept the fires burning and the lights lit since the dawn of the industrial revolution, and extracted other precious treasures from the bowels of the earth long before that. And they have paid for the privilege in blood, with many thousands of miners dying underground from fires, floods, collapses and deadly fumes.
MINERS descends into the earth alongside these workers. From the gold mines of Nevada to the Pittsburgh Seam in the Appalachians, we'll meet the men and watch the giant machines that extract the earth's bounty. And we'll hear from survivors of the notorious Farmington West Virginia Disaster of 1968, which killed 78 men, forever entombing 19 of them. To those who lost their loved ones, some small comfort is taken from the fact that this tragedy finally led to the passage of stricter safety laws for miners.
From the dark days when the men were replaceable tools to the policies that finally made safety a priority, this is a fascinating look at the men who extract the natural resources on which our nation is built--the MINERS.