Depression Country

Joe Sacco on the Story of Rudy, a West Virginia Miner (Illustrations)

Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and illustrator Joe Sacco spent years chronicling life in the ‘sacrifice zones’ in the American Dream, where human beings and natural resources are used and then discarded by corporations. The result is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which culminates in the Occupy Wall Street movement. In this illustrated strip, dying West Virginian miner Rudy tells the story of his grueling life, drawn by Sacco. Plus, Hedges talks to people in the region about the devastating effects of mountaintop removal.

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Joe Sacco on the Story of Rudy, a West Virginia Miner (Illustrations)

Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and illustrator Joe Sacco spent years chronicling life in the ‘sacrifice zones’ in the American Dream, where human beings and natural resources are used and then discarded by corporations. The result is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which culminates in the Occupy Wall Street movement. In this illustrated strip, dying West Virginian miner Rudy tells the story of his grueling life, drawn by Sacco. Plus, Hedges on the devastating effects of mountaintop removal.

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

Courtesy of Nation Books

For more, read Chris Hedges’s report on the devastating effects of mountaintop removal and corporate coal mining.