During World War I, African-Americans worked on the railroad near Corbin, Kentucky. When whites returned from the war, there was conflict. Whites sought their former jobs and positions in ... See full summary »

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During World War I, African-Americans worked on the railroad near Corbin, Kentucky. When whites returned from the war, there was conflict. Whites sought their former jobs and positions in the community. In 1919, a race riot occurred. Whites put the African-Americans on railroad cars and ran them out of town. In Trouble Behind, members of the Corbin community speak out on the issue. The filmmakers also interview former members of the Corbin, which at the time of filming had only one black family. Some Corbin residents express confusion as to why African-Americans don't move back. Others openly use racial epithets. Some young adults seem troubled by the racism, past and present. Others don't. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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The Trouble Behind
18 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was born in Corbin and watched this documentary with my mother who was also born in Corbin. We traveled in the military so I wasn't as aware as I could have been about the history of Corbin. Mom made this documentary more interesting by her memories of the people who were interviewed. It's been many years since I've seen it but from her stories along with the film, I have to admit, Corbin does (and always will have) many many faults. Racism is a big one. There are many elderly people who still talk as if it was OK to talk rudely about others. This film should be shown in schools. Not just Corbin schools. People are PEOPLE. The color of the skin shouldn't matter.


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