Picture Story: Life Under Austerity in Appalachia

January 8, 2014

By David Walker

© Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos

Kids in Lynch, Kentucky, wait as their parents rehearse a community theater production based on local lore passed down through the generations.

In Eastern Kentucky, the once-thriving coal industry that provided secure jobs in the region is dying, and unemployment has risen to 18 percent. Government spending cuts on social programs has only added to the local hardship. Editors at MSNBC.com wanted to see how the changing economic circumstances are affecting the lives of average people, so they sent reporter Suzy Khimm...

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