Child slavery! Bad old days -- The pit! It's where you'll work -- Down the shaft and underground! -- Move along! Through the tunnels -- Get to work! At the coalface -- Take cover! Blasting time -- Take care! How to stay alive -- Help! Accidents do happen -- Black gold! Preparing coal for sale -- Hard times! Trouble at the pit -- Mining community -- Strike over! Back to work -- Glossary -- Index.
Colorful illustrations describe what life would be like as a coal miner in nineteenth-century England.