“Each culture has their own values…You understand our value of our resources, and we respect you for that. Thank you for listening to us.” -Grace Washington
From 1998-2003, AFSC partnered with Alaskan Quakers to sponsor Alaskans Listening to Alaskans about Subsistence.
In the grip of the Great Depression, as 89 percent of Lincoln County residents struggled to survive on meager relief payments and 6,000 children in McDowell County could not go to school because they didn’t have clothing, West Virginia’s democratic governors resisted federal initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.
In An Appalachian New Deal: West Virginia in the Great Depression, Jerry B. Thomas relates how Gov. Guy Kump spoke out against a national “spending orgy” as he withdrew rural road projects, reduced relief rolls and slashed payments for desperate families.