“Women and children first!” was the cry aboard the HMS Titanic as it broke apart and sank that cold April night in 1912. Many women boarded lifeboats fully expecting their husbands would come soon behind them. But surviving crew members later blamed the women for refusing to let them row back and rescue those struggling for life in the icy Atlantic. Deborah Welch (Longwood University) tells the story of the Titanic widows.
Also featured: The Southwest Virginia coal mining town of Dante turns 100 this week, though the real celebration came a few years ago with the publication of the book Memories from Dante. David Rouse (University of Virginia-Wise) says the village is typical of many coal camps where most aspects of life were controlled by mining companies before unionization.
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