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{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

The Melungeons (1600s- ) are a mixed-race people in America who live in the Appalachian mountains where Tennessee meets Virginia meets Kentucky. There are about 50,000 of them. They look mainly white nowadays but in the 1690s French traders said they looked like Moors (the Berbers of north-west Africa). They looked neither white nor black nor American Indian.

The Melungeons (1600s- ) are a mixed-race people in America who live in the Appalachian mountains where Tennessee meets Virginia meets Kentucky. There are about 50,000 of them. They look mainly white nowadays but in the 1690s French traders said they looked like Moors (the Berbers of north-west Africa). They looked neither white nor black nor American Indian.

Mother and children living along US Route 70, TN 1936; Library of Congress FSA/OWI photograph collection

Mother and children living along US Route 70, TN 1936; Library of Congress FSA/OWI photograph collection

fishing family, appalachia. Many Appalachian families still have to live like this. Hardworking good people. We need to help our own people in America. Not only in Appalachia but all across the USA.

fishing family, appalachia. Many Appalachian families still have to live like this. Hardworking good people. We need to help our own people in America. Not only in Appalachia but all across the USA.

Children of a disabled coal miner stand in the doorway of their Appalachian home in the early 1930's by Jack Corn

Children of a disabled coal miner stand in the doorway of their Appalachian home in the early 1930's by Jack Corn

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