A Miner's Life
Coal is a non-renewable resource. And like coal, some mining towns in southern Illinois are finding that they too may soon
Since 1811, when the first Illinois coal mine opened in Jackson County, the fortune of coal has determined the fate of many
southern Illinois communities. It was the story of one such community that drove filmmaker Greg Boozell to visit Marissa,
IL at the turn of the millennium and chronicle the closing of the Peabody Coal Company mine.
In his documentary,
Invisible Hand: The Deindustrialization of Southern Illinois, Boozell looks at how this small coal town has fared since the mine's 1999 closing. It's a portrait both unique and universal,
reflecting the frustrations of miners as good-paying jobs disappear and bewildered workers scramble to find a place in the
oftentimes low-wage service economy.
Learn more about award-winning Illinois poet
David Bond, whose stark work chronicles the struggles of blue-collar workers.
Get your own copy of Boozell's documentary, "
Invisible Hand: the deindustrialization of Southern Illinois."
"Independent Lens" for a look at how coal mining has literally
changed the landscape of West Virginia.
Read more at PBS's news program
"NOW" about the
everyday impact of coal on our country and the future of this vital energy source.
Greg Boozell is technology director at Chicago's public access station,
CAN TV. Drop by and see what's hitting the airwaves.
Learn about Boozell's recent project,
"No Backward Step" a radio documentary about the Illinois Mine War of the 1930's.