The backward coal industry
Appalachia is home to Harry M. Caudill, a Kentucky lawyer and former slide legislator whose sorrow for the fate of the area and passion for its renewal were movingly told in NIGHT COMES TO THE CUMBERLANDS. his biography of a depressed area, published in 1962 by Atlantie-Little. Brown. In this article, he tells why the Administrdion‘s Appalachian relief program promises to inject little light into that long night, and he explains what Appalachia really needs — all-out education, effect ire mining controls, and restoration of its natural beauty.
“Fifty years ago, 700,000 American coal miners were able to mine less coal than 140,000 dig today,” says HARRY M. CAUDILL.What has happened to the men who have been replaced by mechanization in eastern Kentucky is but a part of the misery that afflicts many great cities. Harry M. Caudill, an attorney in Whitesburg, Kentucky, is author of NIGHT COMES TO THE CUMBERLAND.
HARRY M. CAUDILL, a Kentucky legislator from the Cumberland Plateau, speaks out against the savage destruction of the mountain region by the strip miners, He tells how they are ruthlessly gouging away the mountainsides in their search for cheap coal and of the ambiguous role of the TVA in this devastation of America’s natural beauty.