Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Ask A Librarian

Teacher Resources at the WVRHC

Activities, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers using the collections of the West Virginia & Regional History Center

Post-Cold War

Environmental concerns beginning in the previous era continued having negative effects on the demand for coal.  This along with a decrease in demand from overseas and the new extraction technique for natural gas commonly referred to as “fracking” placed the coal industry under increased financial pressure.  These pressures caused the industry to go through a series of buying binges followed by bankruptcies that left miners with uncertain futures.  These changes along with an overall weakening of unions within the state and national political shifts resulted in significant changing locally from a traditionally “blue,” Democratic state to a “red,” Republican state as seen in the national and state elections results late in the era.

Selected Images for Post-Cold War