Lost in Middle America... And What Happened Next
Documentary that explores the ramifications of one town's struggle to cope with an emerging global economy. Lima, Ohio, a town of 45,000 residents in the agriculturally rich northwest part of the state, flourished through the first 100 years after the Civil War. For the better part of the century, Lima was a major transportation, industrial and farming hub for the Midwest and points beyond, and was a key player in the development of America's rail, auto and oil industries. However, the decline of the industrial sector in the 1970s and 1980s displaced thousands of families. Lima's large African-American community felt this hardship most severely and tensions rose as the jobs went away. By the mid 1990s, Lima had lost 14,000 jobs and the prospect of replacing those jobs seemed impossible.