LIFE Magazine covers 1943 US seizure of coal mines, from Nanty Glo
1943 — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt takes over coal mining operations after coal miners strike.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Both Time and Life magazines, the most widely read print media in the nation at the height of the Second World War, 1943, sent reporters to Nanty Glo to cover the United Mine Workers’ vote to strike despite Federal Government orders. The choice of Nanty Glo for its cover features was regarded as recognition that Nanty Glo epitomized the nation’s Union mining towns. The opening pages of Life Magazine’s coverage are shown below. Alfred Eisenstaedt, the photographer, was considered the best photojournalist in the industry in his generation.