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This thesis concerns the multigenerational Jarrell family located in Van, West Virginia, and their relationship with coal mining. I set out to find what life is like living in a monoeconomy of coal, and discovered a family so strongly connected to this disappearing industry. This project adds to social documentary traditions, by combining various medias to tell one family's story. The final product is presented in a short documentary, including video, audio, and photographs, as well as a community engagement component, which expands the scope beyond the Jarrells to create discourse among the youth in Van. This is a significant undertaking because it shows a part of our world that is often omitted from mainstream media; what happens to people when the big industry that they once thrived on, diminishes.

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