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Not easy instances are not any stranger to the folks of Appalachia and the South. prior books have documented the low wages of the cloth undefined, boom-and-bust cycles of coal mining, and debt peonage of Southern agriculture that experience validated a history of poverty that endures. This booklet is a different number of essays by means of those who are actively excited about the efforts to problem fiscal injustice in those areas and to empower the citizens to construct democratic choices. writer word: John Gaventa is Assistant Professor of Sociology on the college of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a employees member of the Highlander learn and schooling heart. Barbara Ellen Smith is former study Coordinator of the Southeast Women's Employment Coalition and the writer of "Digging Our personal Graves: Coal Miners" and "The fight over Black Lung illness (Temple)". Alex Willingham is study Director of the Southern neighborhood Council.

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I realize that you can't go out and get these little factories no more. And these are educated people in charge of economic development and they are still looking for factories, and I realize you can't get them. So who is educated? I used to feel so inferior to these people; they had their little suits and they go to the club for lunch, but now I don't feel inferior to them. I feel superior to them. Theirs is an educated ignorance. They are educated to the point that they are ignorant. I can't feel equal to them.

Since the long 1978 contract strike, the industry has lost domestic and export markets and the price of coal has declined. Coal companies have sought to defend profits in various ways. They have introduced mechanization, pushed for deregulation of mine safety and environmental protection, subleased their coal properties to small operators, introduced production bonuses and threatened layoffs to induce miners to work faster (productivity has doubled since 1977), and fought to deunionize their work force.

I realize that you can't go out and get these little factories no more. And these are educated people in charge of economic development and they are still looking for factories, and I realize you can't get them. So who is educated? I used to feel so inferior to these people; they had their little suits and they go to the club for lunch, but now I don't feel inferior to them. I feel superior to them. Theirs is an educated ignorance. They are educated to the point that they are ignorant. I can't feel equal to them.

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