Harlan County, once a thriving hub of industry, is now a shell of its former self. The coal mines that once were the lifeblood of the local economy have shuttered, depriving the community’s dwindling number of young people of any real job prospects
On this episode of ‘FORGOTTEN GENERATION,’ VICE’s Lee Adams travels to the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky to meet with Joe Bart Watts, a 24 year-old, laid off coal worker whose future has been turned upside down by the sharp decline of the industry.
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