Appalachia today, particularly central Appalachia, is a region in crisis. The slow death of coal with all the consequences has had and will continue to have a dramatic adverse impact on the people and the living conditions in the region.
Set forth below is a brief overview of a number of the major issues facing the region today.
Part I – The Death of Coal
Part II – How Appalachia Got to Where it is Today – The Rule of Coal
III. Ownership of the Land and Minerals in the Region
IV. The Triumph of Capital over Labor – The Demise of the UMWA
V. The Health of Appalachia – Obesity, diabetes, black lung disease, cancer, heart disease, etc.
VI. Systemic Drug Abuse in the Region – An Epidemic
VII. The Housing Crisis – Where to Live in Appalachia
VIII. The Failure of Education – Elementary, Secondary, and College
IX. The Environment of Appalachia – Destroyed by coal