Chronic underemployment and mass media threaten to erase unique cultures and traditions in mining towns throughout Appalachia. Scholars are racing to document the lives and lore of these communities before they disappear. Radford University anthropologist Mary LaLone and Virginia Tech historian Crandall Shifflet discuss the history and legacy of these vanishing communities.
Also: Clinch Valley College psychologist Mary O’Quinn discusses her efforts to preserve the oral histories of Appalachian women whose lives were shaped by coal town culture.
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