Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945

Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945

by Ronald D Eller

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Appalachia has played a complex and often contradictory role in the unfolding of American history. Created by urban journalists in the years following the Civil War, the idea of Appalachia provided a counterpoint to emerging definitions of progress. Early-twentieth-century critics of modernity saw the region as a remnant of frontier life, a reflection of simpler times that should be preserved and protected. However, supporters of development and of the growth of material production, consumption, and technology decried what they perceived as the isolation and backwardness of the place and sought to "uplift" the mountain people through education and industrialization.

Ronald D Eller has worked with local leaders, state policymakers, and national planners to translate the lessons of private industrial-development history into public policy affecting the region. In Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945, Eller examines the politics of development in Appalachia since World War II with an eye toward exploring the idea of progress as it has evolved in modern America. Appalachia's struggle to overcome poverty, to live in harmony with the land, and to respect the diversity of cultures and the value of community is also an American story. In the end, Eller concludes, "Appalachia was not different from the rest of America; it was in fact a mirror of what the nation was becoming."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813142463
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 341
Sales rank: 601,715
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ronald D Eller is former director of the Appalachian Center and professor of history at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Miners, Millhands, and Mountaineers: Industrialization of the Appalachian South, 1880—1930.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations x

Acknowledgments xi

"How America Came to the Mountains Jim Wayne Miller xiv

Introduction 1

1 Rich Land-Poor People 9

2 The Politics of Poverty 53

3 Developing the Poor 90

4 Confronting Development 129

5 Growth and Development 177

6 The New Appalachia 221

Afterword to the Paperback Edition 261

Notes 275

Bibliography 299

Index 313

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