Book Discussion on Coal: A Human History

Mrs. Freese talked about her book Coal: A Human History, published by Perseus Publishing. The book examines the role that coal… read more

Mrs. Freese talked about her book Coal: A Human History, published by Perseus Publishing. The book examines the role that coal has played in human history. Mrs. Freese traces the lineage of the “simple black rock” beginning three hundred million years ago. According to the book, coal was prized by Roman invaders who encountered it in Britain, made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War. Coal has also caused death, disease, geopolitical discord and environmental damage. It has also been recently identified as a primary cause of global warming. Following her remarks, the author answered questions from members of the audience. close

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Book Discussion on Coal: A Human History

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161192-1
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Public Affairs Event
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St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
First Aired:
Mar 22, 2003
Last Aired:
Aug 17, 2003

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  • Mar 22, 2003 | 11:01pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 23, 2003 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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  • Aug 17, 2003 | 8:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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