Author Stephen Crane made a visit to a coal mine near Scranton in 1894 for an article in McClure's Magazine.
A gripping, harrowing story documents the lives and struggles of Coal Region children shortly after the Great Coal Strike of 1902.
In 1897, a former breaker boy penned a poem in remembrance of the child laborers of the Coal Region.
A memoir from the 1930s describes the hard life of a breaker boy in Civil War-era Schuylkill County.
"Children of the mine are they, born in the shadow of the culm heaps with the roar of the breakers ever in their ears, with mines beneath their feet."