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#TheHistoryProject - Sheriff Don Chafin - 'Czar ' of Logan County: Part 8 - The West Virginia Mine Wars


Sheriff Don Chafin earned his nickname, "the czar of Logan County" by ruling with an iron fist, controlling everything and everyone in his domain. The coal companies used this to their advantage and rewarded Chafin handsomely to keep the unions out of the county.  He would go to the greatest extremes of any anti-unionist in American history, making him not just an enemy of the worker but as big a villain as could be imagined.

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