West Virginia

West Virginia - Economic Justice in Hard Times: Then and Now

Economic Justice in Hard Times: then and now

Rick Wilson, director of AFSC’s West Virginia Economic Justice Project

Rome is burning—
no time to fiddle

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.

Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) Resources

Where Are They Now
Members of the 2009 BAPs mentoring group interviewed young women who had participated in the program in the past. The interviews and accompanying photos were compiled into this dynamic booklet. ($4)

Proud Heritage
A joint project of New Empowerment for Women Plus (NEW+) and the Logan County Improvement League, this 50-page book recounts the unique role played by African Americans in the history and culture of the southern West Viirginia coalfields. ($12)

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