America's Rust Belt


TED Talk by J.D. Vance
Wikipedia article about the Rust Belt


plague (regular verb)
upward mobility (noun phrase)
beset (beset, beset)
leg up (noun phrase)
social capital (noun phrase)
become another statistic (verb phrase)
deck [be] stacked against [s/b, s/th], (verb phrase)

Main Activity

Listen to the TED Talk to answer the following questions:

  1. What reasons does Vance give for the lack of upward mobility in the Rust Belt and Appalachia?
  2. What two things does Vance attribute his success to?
  3. What are the similarities and differences between post-industrial areas in the US and Ukraine?