Fire in the Hole
features interviews with expert writers and historians, who couch the labor
conflicts of the American West in social and historical context. View their
full interview transcripts below.
An assistant professor of history at the University of Idaho, Aiken has written
extensively about the social and economic climate of Idaho at the turn of
the 20th century.
Thomas G. Alexander
A professor of history at Brigham Young University, Alexander addresses the
social and political climate in Utah at the time of the Joe Hill trial.
A prolific writer, Bailey has authored more than twenty books on Western history.
He directs the Westernlore Press in Tuscon, Arizona.
A professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona,
Byrkit authored the most detailed political history of the Bisbee Deportation,
Forging the Copper Collar.
Chair of the Political Science Department at Montana State University in Bozeman,
Calvert has researched early-20th century unions and socialist movements in
A professor of history at the University of Calgary, Jameson offers insights
about the Cripple Creek, Colorado conflict and the rise of the Western Federation
A professional photographer based in Bisbee, Arizona, Nicholl also is the
curator of photographic history for the Bisbee Mining Museum.
Author of Buried Unsung: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre, Papanikolas
is also a creative writing professor at the San Francisco Art Institute.
A professor at Weber State University, Sillito explores the trial of Joe Hill
in the context of the early labor movement in the West.
A well known figure in publishing circles, Smith wrote a master's thesis on
Joe Hill that eventually grew into the best-selling book.
A widely recognized Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney, Yengich also
teaches a University of Utah honors course on the case of Joe Hill as a study