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Type: Video


Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD

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Miners were paid in scrip, a paper currency issued by the company, despite a law forbidding the practice. Scrip was good only at the company store, which sold food, clothing and household goods, often at excessively high prices.

Unable to pay in full, many miners went in debt to the company store, which then became a company bank.

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