Honors Program

Honors in English

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Mark Baumgartner

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Jesse Graves, Fred Alsop III


This thesis explores the emotional, physical, and familial repercussions of coal mining in the Appalachian region, especially in regards to relationships within the community. The thesis is divided into two parts; a critical essay in which the objective facts, statistics, and histories of coal mining are addressed, and a short story which shares the subjective experience of the Hicks family.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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