Chris Hedges Visits Former Car Manufacturing City To See Impact Of Job Flight

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Above Photo: Chris Hedges (Credit: Nation Books)

In a special edition of “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges visits Anderson, Ind., formerly a center of car production. He witnesses the economic and psychological impact on workers caused by the flight of General Motors jobs overseas.

The city has changed dramatically since the 1970s when, at the peak of American automobile manufacturing, a third of Anderson’s 70,000 residents worked at General Motors. Over the past 30 years, Anderson’s population has decreased as thousands upon thousands of well-paid union jobs have been lost.

Watch the video above in which Hedges interviews people in what used to be “big car country” and documents what’s become of Anderson now.