After Coal: Stories of Survival in Appalachia and Wales


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West Virginia University Press
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7.0 X 0.6 X 9.9 inches | 1.35 pounds
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About the Author

Tom Hansell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been broadcast on public television and screened at international film festivals. Hansell has more than two decades of experience working with coalfield residents to create collaborative media projects. He began his career at the Appalshop media arts center, and he currently teaches at Appalachian State University.


"Visually appealing . . . . Hansell promises no easy answers, but his optimistic work showcases multiple community-building efforts."
Publishers Weekly

"After Coal is a deeply moving account of a long-term exchange between miners in the coalfields of central Appalachia and south Wales where, between 1980 and 2000, both regions lost thousands of mining jobs. Tom Hansell captures their struggles through the voices of miners and their families. He brings the reader face to face with Appalachian and Welsh coal miners whose stories will touch the reader's heart."
William Ferris, author of The South in Color: A Visual Journal

"After Coal is an inspiring record of community-driven change that shows us what a great debt we owe to artists, organizers, and visionaries who approach the often overwhelming task of economic transition with clear eyes and a desire for a better future."
Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

"A badly needed analysis of the situation where post-coal Appalachia finds itself. Books like Hansell's are necessary to help the region move forward."
Denise Giardina, author of six novels, including Storming Heaven