But these laws were often ignored. by S. Beth Atkin (biography), Simple, spectacular ideas for using Scope in your classroom. They shoveled the coal into cars that looked like giant metal buckets. And coal was the power behind it. Tragically, 259 miners died in the disaster. Flames licked at the ceiling. from American Experience, “The Mine Wars,” copyright 1996–2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. Beckles was born in Barbados but emigrated to London. The door was part of the mine’s ventilation system, which kept fresh air in the places where people were working and prevented the buildup of dangerous gases. It was November 13, 1909. All the while, the scorching heat grew more intense. All the while, the heat grew more intense. Lewis W. Hine/George Eastman Museum/Getty Images   Â. But there were hundreds of men scattered throughout the tunnels. It became clear that Albert needed to get out. In the early 1900s, thousands of children like Albert did too—some as young as 8 years old. (Check out our Ideabook post for recommended collections.) They had arrived in the Cherry Mine. Albert would spend the rest of his days not in the darkness of the earth but in the light of the sky.Â. Thousands of dollars in donations poured into Cherry from around the country. Today, “canary in the coal mine” means a warning of danger. Thick smoke billowed toward him. Their father had passed away a few years earlier, and it was up to them to help support their mother and little sister. by Katherine Paterson (historical fiction), Voices from the Fields You are being redirecting to Scholastic's authentication page... For more support materials, visit our Help Center. Oil from one of these lamps had dripped onto the hay car, setting the hay on fire. For many, the only warning was the smell of smoke.Â. To many, this decision was a terrible act of cruelty. The article weaves together narrative and informational passages. Figurative Language: similes, metaphors, personification. Flames licked at the ceiling. Write a speech for the anniversary of the Cherry Mine disaster. What was Albert thinking about that November morning as he sat alone, guarding the door? by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (nonfiction), Lyddie Your speech should explain why the disaster is important to remember. The Cherry Mine, like all coal mines at the time, was a dangerous place. Still, he probably didn’t fear for his safety. Sometimes you might not see another person for hours. A massive investigation was also launched, and Albert himself testified. Universe.". They cut out the coal with heavy tools, their backs aching. Essential questions: What rights and protections should workers have? Why is it important to learn about disasters from the past? What are the consequences of our energy choices? Instead, he probably focused on the pay, which was higher than what he would have earned working on a farm or in a factory. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images   Â. Flames licked at the ceiling. They sat hunched over for hours, their fingers often frozen and bloody.Â. But by the time Albert returned, it was clear that this fire was different. Albert and the other miners were caught in one of the worst coal mine fires in American history. Beckles’ 13 forays into the IFBB Mr. Olympia have yielded six placings among the top five, including coming second to Lee Haney in 1985 at the age of 55.[2]. mood, author’s craft, literary devices, text structure, key ideas and supporting details. But you couldn’t fall asleep. But many families were so poor that they faced a terrible choice: send their kids to work or watch them starve. Without fresh air flowing into the mine, anyone still alive wouldn’t last long. Albert and the other miners were caught in the middle of one of the most devastating coal mine fires in American history.