Documentary Analysis: Libby, Montana

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Libby is a small and very traditional logging town in the northwest of Montana with a population of no more than 2,000 inhabitants, surrounded by beautiful landscapes but worldwide infamous for being the scene of one of the biggest human and environmental disasters in the history of the United States. The story of Libby residents was sadly portrayed in a documentary titled “Libby, Montana” (Gunn & Hawes-Davis, 2004). In the 1920s, the leading vermiculite mine in the US run by the Zonolite company represented prosperity, economic development and a better quality of life for all the hardworking people of Libby and their families. Vermiculite is a material that would become broadly used in different products including open fireplaces,

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