In the movie 'Matewan', who wrote the letter requesting help immediately?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Matewan, a movie about organizing coal workers in 1920s West Virginia, included a character by the name of C.E. Lively.  Lively was used to infiltrate the union and report from the inside.  He was hoping that if things came down to a strike, he could convince people to resort to violence, which would bring down the government and the law to break the strike.

Lively is the one who writes the leter to a Pinkerton-style "detecitve agency" - really just hired thugs in those days.  Lively claims that there are communists among the union organizers in order to get the troops to come to town.

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tooty1 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

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I forgot to add, it is the letter that was written to the company

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