I read your guest opinion piece “U.S. turned guns on WWI vets in 1932” with interest but not with suprise.
In the 1920s, coal miners in West Virginia banded together and formed a union.
Soon after, they went on strike for better wages, working conditions and living conditions.
The miners and families lived in company housing and had to buy what they needed from the company store.
Often, their paychecks didn’t cover what they owed.
If a miner became sick or died, his family was immediately ejected from the house so a healthy worker and family could be moved in.