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"Those interested in NJZ (New Jersey Zinc Co.), the mines and unique mineralogy of Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey, hard-rock mining east of the Mississippi River, or the character and dynamics of mining-company towns, will find this book a welcome addition to their bookshelves." - Mark Langenfeld, reviewer for the Mining History Journal, 2005


"Carrie Papa's father, Paul Moore, was a deep shaft miner in the Franklin Mine in northern New Jersey. This is an area well known to geologists, mining historians, and mineral experts for the quality, diversity, and complexity of zinc ores and associated mineral wealth. A Mile Deep and Black as Pitch: An Oral History of the Franklin and Sterling Hill Mines is a unique regional history drawing upon the memories and experiences of thirty-four mine workers, their families, and others whose lives were intertwined in the New Jersey mining industry in general, and the New Jersey Zinc Company in particular, between the years 1897 and 1986. A superbly presented and original work of seminal history, A Mile Deep and Black as Pitch is especially recommended to the attention of students as well as non-specialist general readers with an interest in America's mining industry and the contributions deep shaft ore mining has made to the development and expansion of the American nation." - The Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch: September 2004