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Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945

Ronald D Eller


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 sough ... More

Keywords: Appalachia, American history, development, industrial development, public policy, progress, poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125237
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald D Eller, author