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ITN Roving Report: The Hungry Hills

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Report on the mining recession in West Virginia and the effect on the local towns and the unemployment miners. In spite of the current situation the mood in some parts is hopeful and families are managing on handouts and self-sufficiency.

'Roving Reports' was a series of documentary reports from around the world, produced by ITN News and broadcast between 1957 and 1964. Black and White B/W material.

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Reporter:Tom St. John Barry
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Snow-covered mine buildings with titles superimposed
General views of abandoned mine with idle pit wheel
Sign on wall 'No. 6 Mine Idle Tomorrow'
SEQUENCE various people talking (not heard) including: Unemployed miner wearing cap, miner, employer in safety helmet, Union leader, newly elected State Governor

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Reporter to camera

Snow-covered mine and tower seen from travelling vehicle
Loaded coal trucks on snow covered rails in sidings seen from moving vehicle

Unemployed miner interview SOT...

Reporter to camera

Snow-covered mine and tower seen from travelling vehicle
Loaded coal trucks on snow covered rails in sidings seen from moving vehicle

Unemployed miner interview SOT

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Snow-covered street and houses in mining town
Houses on hill with...

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Snow-covered street and houses in mining town
Houses on hill with trees behind
Clapboard house with verandah
Boarded up windows in abandoned houses
Good shot huge icicles hanging from eaves of house
House owned by unemployed miner James Bragg with icicles hanging off the roof
Clothes hanging on line on verandah

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Barry speaking to James Bragg and his wife (not heard)

James Bragg (Unemployed miner) interview SOT
- Unemployment happened gradually / he was made unemployed in 1958 / he hoped to go back to wor...

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Barry speaking to James Bragg and his wife (not heard)

James Bragg (Unemployed miner) interview SOT
- Unemployment happened gradually / he was made unemployed in 1958 / he hoped to go back to work / talks about his expenses / went to work in New Jersey mines but was made unemployed there too / just picks up odd jobs when he can

Mrs Bragg (Wife of James Bragg) interview SOT
- Explains how she is able to feed the family on so little money / did grown some of their own food / explains what they eat on a daily basis / have to pay for the childrens lunches at school / cheap meals in the evening / is hopeful but employment is unlikely at the moment

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Home of ex-miner George Cochrane

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Barry talking to Cochrane and his family

George Cochrane (Ex-miner) interview SOT
- Has been out of work about three and a half years / does not get any money only commodities from the Government once a month / did not save when he was working / looked for work everywhere but was unsuccessful / Union no help at all / no regular income / picks up odd jobs here and there just enough to keep the family together

Mrs Cochrane (Wife of George Cochrane) interview SOT
- Explains how she feeds the children including things they have grown in the garden / does not have any choice but to survive on what they have

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Cars along slush covered main street
Shoppers and pe...

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Cars along slush covered main street
Shoppers and pedestrians along
Department store 'G.C. Murphy'
Goods for sale in shop window displays including bed and bedroom furniture, washing machines and dresses

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Mrs Ricketts (Shop owner) interview SOT
- Has been in business for 7 years and has noticed some change / people are buying less and not looking for cheaper things / we do work on credit / biggest ...

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Mrs Ricketts (Shop owner) interview SOT
- Has been in business for 7 years and has noticed some change / people are buying less and not looking for cheaper things / we do work on credit / biggest change in the last year / people want better times but there is not much hope

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Traffic along at crossroads in front of Beckley National Bank
'Beckley National Bank' name on wall
'Bank of Raleigh' sign
'First Methodist Church' sign
Various of church and church buildings
Men walking along the streets past shops
Cars on muddy, slushy street

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Cars along through snow slush on main street with illuminat...

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Cars along through snow slush on main street with illuminated windows and lights

Reporter to camera

Various of neon signs including dry cleaning and loans

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Pit wheel tower working then coal trucks along railway lines
Coals barge along river

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Framed photograph of John L. Lewis, (Welshman who became American miners' leader)
Barry ta...

West Virginia:
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Pit wheel tower working then coal trucks along railway lines
Coals barge along river

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Framed photograph of John L. Lewis, (Welshman who became American miners' leader)
Barry talking to George Titler (Leader of Miners' Union in West Virginia) (not heard)

George Titler (Leader of Miners' Union in West Virginia) interview SOT
- Says he has about 15000 members working and the same number unemployed / 8000 of the unemployed are on a pension / blames reduction in coal mining as demand is less and also the automation of the industry / would accept automation if there was a demand for the coal / would like a Government fuel policy involving coal and oil / Kennedy's proposals with benefit this area as he is a man of his word / demand for coal is a problem and we need more industry

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Eccles:
Building with 'Bath House and Lamp House' sign above entrance PAN across to mine tower
'Mine No 5 Work Tomorrow' sign on building wall

Mr Purdue (Mine superintendent) interview SOT
- Say...

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Eccles:
Building with 'Bath House and Lamp House' sign above entrance PAN across to mine tower
'Mine No 5 Work Tomorrow' sign on building wall

Mr Purdue (Mine superintendent) interview SOT
- Says he has 170 men working there now but had 1200 there when the mine was in full production / Only know what they are doing on a day to day basis / Very little training going on

Men along into building with 'Pax City Hall' on placard above entrance

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Unemployed miners collecting relief supplies of packets of food (flour and meal), as handed out by group of ex-miners

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Man leaving building with bag of food

Sid Lively (Ex-miner in charge of relief operation) interview SOT
- Distribution is organised by the County / explains what each person is entitled to be given / this happens once a month / 2000 come for relief supplies / people are hoping for better and more food / supplies are rather short

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Snow covered road ahead seen from DRIVER POINT OF VIEW (POV)
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Snow covered road ahead seen from DRIVER POINT OF VIEW (POV)
SEQUENCE Recruiting signs by side of road for US Army, Navy, Air Force
US Marine Corps sign PAN to cars along street
Cars along at road junction with snowy hill in background

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Barry talking to Jim McDaniels (Businessman) (not heard)

Jim McDaniels (Businessman) interview SOT
- Conditions in the town are not too bad but small mining communities are not doing so well / busine...

Barry talking to Jim McDaniels (Businessman) (not heard)

Jim McDaniels (Businessman) interview SOT
- Conditions in the town are not too bad but small mining communities are not doing so well / business had dropped off over the last couple of years / people of Beckley would like a solution and thinks Beckley will pick up again / new Governor seems to have good ideas / income tax is good if it helps West Virginia

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Charleston:
State Capitol building

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Barry talking to new State Govenor Baron (not heard)

West Virginia State Governor Baron interview SOT
- says he remembers the depression of the 1930s and the ...

Charleston:
State Capitol building

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Barry talking to new State Govenor Baron (not heard)

West Virginia State Governor Baron interview SOT
- says he remembers the depression of the 1930s and the situation now is very similar / young people are moving out / coal is important to West Virginia and we need more help in selling it / there is not any great employment future in the coal industry because of automation / future for coal is bright but not for employment / tax will raise finance which will help to put people back in work

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Cars along down street
Pedestrians along on slush on sidewalk
Close up front page of newspaper with headline about unemployment

Reporter to camera

Straight snowy road and landscape ahead an...

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Cars along down street
Pedestrians along on slush on sidewalk
Close up front page of newspaper with headline about unemployment

Reporter to camera

Straight snowy road and landscape ahead and past snow covered houses seen from DRIVER POINT OF VIEW (POV)

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