Life in Appalachia

By Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber

Since Lyndon Johnson first launched the war on poverty from the front porch of rural Kentucky home there has yet to be a definitive answer for the people living in heart of Appalachia.

Appalachia is a land rich in coal, timber, sandstone, natural gas, water, and magnificent scenery. The people living in the region are dependent on the land for its resources to sustain life and economy. However, Appalachia is a flawed jewel in a beautiful setting. Mountains and forests have been abused and the streams and air polluted by more than a century of negligence.