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Coal Hollow Photographs and Oral Histories

ISBN-10: 0520246543

ISBN-13: 9780520246546

Edition: 2006

Authors: Ken Light, Melanie Light, Orville Schell, Robert B. Reich

List price: $47.95
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Coal is still king in much of Appalachia, yet the heritage and history of the people who enabled the United States to become an economic superpower in the Industrial age are slipping away. This remarkable book presents arresting black and white photographs and powerful oral histories that chronicle the legacy of coalmining in southern West Virginia. Ken and Melanie Light traveled hundreds of miles through rugged, isolated terrain recording the stories of a range of people whose lives were shaped by coal: retired miners, men and women who have been jobless their entire lives, a contemporary coal baron, a justice of the State Supreme Court of West Virginia, a writer who bravely ran for governor on a third party ticket, and people who returned to the hills when their lives failed elsewhere. What emerges is a complex portrait of people locked into an intricate web of geography, history, and unfettered profiteering. In Light's poignant images and in their own distinctive voices the residents of Coal Hollow--a fictional composite of the communities the Lights surveyed--reveal how the intersection of mountain culture and the greed of the coal companies produced the most powerful economy in the world yet brought crushing poverty to a region of once-proud people.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/20/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 151
Size: 11.50" wide x 11.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, is the author of "Mandate of Heaven", "Discos & Democracy", "The China Reader", & twelve other books. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, & Newsweek, among others. He lives with his wife & children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert Bernard Reich is a writer, educator, politician, and advisor. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1946. Reich earned his B.A. at Dartmouth College in 1968 and received a Rhodes scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his M.A. in 1970. In 1973, he received his J.D. from Yale University. Reich was an assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1974 to 1976. He directed the policy planning staff of the Federal Trade Commission from 1976 to 1981 and taught on the faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1981 to 1992. He became the 22nd Secretary of Labor in 1993 under President Bill Clinton. Reich became the University Professor and the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandies University in 1997. He also serves as the editorial chairman of The American Prospect magazine. Reich has had articles published in every major newspaper in the United States, as well as many magazines. He has written six books, including his 1997 biography, Locked in the Cabinet. He has also hosted three public television programs.

Oral Histories
Preface: Field Notes A Short History Lesson
Mountain Woman Retired
Coal Miner Snake Handler
Preacher with a Mission
Return to the Mountains
The Lost Generation
Mayor of North Fork Local
Coal Industries Owner
Justice for West Virginia
Supreme Court of Appeals
Novelist and Political Activist