The coal miner’s son had studied his county’s rough-and-tumble labor history, written his dissertation on it, taught his high school students about it.
Now Eric Starr, who knew history never repeats itself, felt history doing just that. And he was part of it.
Standing at a secret meeting like those held by striking miners a century ago, dressed in black except for a red bandana like the ones those miners wore, he exhorted his fellow public school teachers to defy the governor and their own unions and stay out on strike.
“I’m not going back,’’ he said. “We’ve been sold out!’’