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Personality and Coal in West Virginia, 1922

Photo: / AFSC

This fundraising brochure from June 1922 reports on the decline in the condition of West Virginia mining communities: "We are satisfied by our investigations that there is widespread destitution, and much need of relief, among the families of the miners.” Although reports in the northern press had focused on Logan and Mingo Counties, where miners were not unionized, AFSC’s staff found that much less work was available in other highly-unionized counties. Near-starvation conditions endangered children most of all. The brochure also points to a strong need for adult education, due to the extremely high illiteracy rate among the coal workers.

Created Date 
Jan 19, 2016