The roofs of coal mines are often lined with the fossils of ancient forests, the outlines of plants and trees buried for millions of years. Miners today can see the same stone patterns that their fathers and grandfathers saw decades ago as they dug into the mountains of West Virginia. Many Appalachian families trace their roots to migrants who fled tenant-farming abuse in Ireland or indentured servitude on plantations in the New World. Those migrants found freedom in the mountain wilderness. But that freedom came under threat when the commercialization of coal kicked off in the late s.
New River Gorge Bridge
New River Gorge Bridge - New River Gorge National Park and Preserve (U.S. National Park Service)
In Jackson County, West Virginia, they were the two top news stories of the closing of the Century Aluminum plant and the indictment of 51 people on charges relating to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. When the Century plant closed, it took more than jobs with it: more than jobs from the plant itself and from supporting companies in the region. It also took millions of dollars annually out of the community, in payroll and in services and products purchased locally. Many areas of the U. Methamphetamine manufacturing in the home, garage, shack or even a moving car may increase in an area that has recently lost jobs and incomes. Meth is so easy to make if you can acquire the materials necessary, some of which are illegal, that it can be a hard temptation to resist. In addition to poverty and unemployment, West Virginia also sees high levels of adult illiteracy, broken families, teenage pregnancy and public corruption.
John Brown: America’s First Terrorist?
Entered Union: June 20, 35th State Present constitution adopted: Governor: Mitch Carmichael, R to Jan. General: Patrick Morrisey, R to Jan.
Introduction Appalachia is a ,square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains stretching from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It is home to more than 25 million people. Appalachia Mountains are rich in natural resources, containing an abundant number of coal, timber, oil, gas, and water Daugneaux These natural resources have historically influenced the economic characteristics of the region.