Engaged Research in Coal-Mining Country
Documenting stories of how respectful, collaborative partnerships led to remarkable outcomes in the coal-mining communities of southern West Virginia
In the late 60s and early 70s, young, idealistic citizens arrived in West Virginia’s coal fields — primarily as VISTA and Appalachian volunteers. Initially wary of these outsiders, the local community eventually came to trust and accept them, and their collective achievements included improved housing and sanitation in poor communities, the building of six health care clinics, advances in women’s health and legal victories for working people.
This project builds upon previous interviews and documentation of these community-building stories. In this phase, a class of eight to ten students will travel to the Appalachian community to engage first-hand with community partners, conduct qualitative research and create a website where they will archive what they learn.
Topics: Access, Equity and Justice
Lee Adler, Department of Labor Relations, Law and History
School of Industrial Labor and Relations
- Community partner: Southern Appalachian Labor School
- Community partner: Cabin Creek Health Systems