During summer vacations with his wife Anne, Milton Rogovin produced a series about the miners of Appalachia, one of the nation's poorest areas. He wrote to John L. Lewis, who provided contacts with local union organizers in Beckley, West Virginia. Through them and others, the Rogovins found their way to various sites, including Kentucky. In 1985 Milton stated, "We didn't know what we were going to see when we arrived. We saw those desolate homes and sad working people. Even to this day, when we've gone to any other mining area, the people are not so sad as they seem to be in Appalachia."