• Short Summary

    SPOTLIGHT ON ONE OF AMERICA'S POCKETS OF CHRONIC UNEMPLOYMENT: HAZARD, KENTUCKY, MOST OF THE TOWN'S POPULATION HAVE EARNED THEIR LIVING FOR SEVERAL GENERATIONS MINING COAL.

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    1.
    GV MINERS OUTSIDE CHURCH.
    0.05

    2.
    SV MINERS INTO CHURCH.
    0.08

    3.
    (SOF) MINER SPEAKS.
    0.38

    4.
    GV MINERS PICKET WHITE HOUSE.
    1.05

    5.
    SV DITTO - WITH PLACARDS.
    1.12


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MINER: "WE'RE HERE FOR ONE PURPOSE AND THAT IS FOR FOOD, JOBS AND JUSTICE. WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND SEE THE CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE UNITED UNION FOR MINE WORKERS. THESE PEOPLE IN KENTUCKY ARE BACK IN THE THIRTIES ... I REMEMBER DAD TAKING ME OUT OF SCHOOL IN THE EIGHTH GRADE FOR HE ORGANIZED ... MY FATHER WAS LOADING COAL FOR 12 1/2 CENTS A TON .. AND NOT COAL COMPANY. THESE PEOPLE ARE BACK IN THE CONDITIONS NOW IN KENTUCKY OF THE THIRTIES."




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    Background: SPOTLIGHT ON ONE OF AMERICA'S POCKETS OF CHRONIC UNEMPLOYMENT: HAZARD, KENTUCKY, MOST OF THE TOWN'S POPULATION HAVE EARNED THEIR LIVING FOR SEVERAL GENERATIONS MINING COAL. BUT TODAY MOST OF HAZARD'S MINERS ARE OUT OF WORK - SOME HAVE BEEN JOBLESS FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

    NOWADAYS AUTOMATED MACHINERY DIGS THE COAL FAR QUICKER AND CHEAPER, AND COMPETITION FROM OTHER FUELS HAS SEVERELY HIT THE MARKET. A FEW OF THE MINERS EARN A BARE EXISTENCE IN NON-UNION MINES, GRUBBING COAL BY HAND, FOR AS LITTLE AS THREE DOLLARS A DAY (ABOUT GBP1); A LOW WAGE IN AMERICA IS ABOUT 20 DOLLARS (ROUGHLY GBP8).

    THIS WEEK, A DEPUTATION OF THE MINERS WENT TO WASHINGTON TO SEEK HELP. THEY HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN A WASHINGTON CHURCH, AND THEN PICKETED THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY HOPED TO SEE PRESIDENT JOHNSON, CONGRESSMEN, AND OFFICIALS OF THE COAL MINERS' UNION. ONE OF THEIR LEADERS TOLD REPORTERS:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2S8UFWQWIHFGC7CIIGF1HG81Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA2S8UFWQWIHFGC7CIIGF1HG81Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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