One of the most insightful interactive documentaries that puts you in the shoes of someone else, is the Hollow documentary. Hollow is focused on the lives of McDowell County, WV. Titled “The Roots,” this documentary showcased the rise and the fall of the county in just 70 years. After World War II, the county skyrocketed for its increase in coal. The coal industry added more jobs for people in the county and was instrumental in growing the population.
JFK even said “I would not be where I am now, I would not have some of the responsibilities I now bear, if it had not been for the people of West Virginia.” That is some high praise from one of the most popular Presidents of all-time. But how did this county decrease? What happened? Well, many factors.
For example, in 2000 & 2001 floods hit the area.
These floods heavily affect the coal industry in the county, and left many people without jobs. No jobs = no reason to stay in one place. This county at one point hit 100,000 residents, and now in 2017 it is just about 20,000. How has 80% of the population left this county?