Poverty, Work and Social Change in the Appalachian Coal Fields

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Paper seeks to dispel myths about willingness to work among rural poor. Author points to lack of analytic research on rural poverty to place over emphasis on few studies that do exist.

Lack of breadth of research furthers despairing myths about labor and working families in Coal Mining regions of Appalachia. Paper provides interview transcripts and qualitative analysis with multi-generational coal mining families

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group