Miner Injustice



Fiction / Historical

Trade Paperback

Publication Date: Aug-2005

Price: $19.95

Size: 6 x 9

Author: A Novel By R. S. Sukle

ISBN: 0-595-36127-7

Hardcover Price: $29.95

ISBN: : 0-595-673335-X

328 Pages

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Sukle’s book is well researched, and her dialogue rings true to the accent and the feeling of those fraught times. It is a praiseworthy effort, and one expects to see more of Sukle as a writer/historian.—Barbara Bamberger Scott, Women Writers Review

Social activist’s daughter bares a shocking piece of America’s history with fast paced dramatic action set in the 1927 coal fields north of Pittsburgh during a strike called by John L. Lewis. Miners refuse to work. Coal and Iron Police seize their property, evict them from their homes, and impose unconstitutional restrictions—beatings, rape, and murder! Solidarity is survival. Finally, the story is told!


How do you fight the bad guys when they wear the badges and have all the weapons? During the 1927 strike in the western Pennsylvania coalfields, Coal and Iron Policethe Governor's Cossackshold Russellton in a siege of terror, but Ragman, cynical WWI hero and mine mechanic, doesn’t take guff from anyone. After his brother is brutally beaten for building union shelters and later dies, Ragman is out for justice. He won’t back off from confronting the killer even if it means a deadly showdown with the head Cossack, a former German officer intent on a bloodbath.


Miner Injustice The Ragman’s War, is a heartrending historic novel set during the 1927-1928 strike in the coalfields north of Pittsburgh.  Meticulously researched, the narrative shows the exploitation and abuses committed against immigrant workers enslaved in the same serfdom they tried to escape. Through the use of actual news articles, Miner Injustice illustrates that slave wages kept profits high and stocks soaring. Because the economy ran on coal, the industrialist controlled government suppressed information about the maltreatment to maintain status quo. A federal investigation of the conditions during the strike led to the draft of the most important labor legislation in history –The National Industrial Recovery Act and the National Industrial Relations Act (Wagner Act).


Miner Injustice is awarded an Editor’s Choice by iUniverse.  Previously published under the title Bucket of Blood, The Ragman’s War, the story won honorable mention in the 2004 DYI Book Festival. The events in Miner Injustice are based on family stories, letters, and news articles, are a part of the author’s history and heritage.




To schedule an interview or receive a review copy of Miner Injustice please contact R. S. Sukle at 276-783-8891,  or  cell 276.759.3890