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Uneven GroundAppalachia since 1945$
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Ronald D Eller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125237

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125237.001.0001

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The New Appalachia

The New Appalachia

(p.221) 6 The New Appalachia
Uneven Ground

Ronald D Eller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter describes Appalachian development, in which some communities prospered and grew, while others languished and declined. It observes that, everywhere, the region's people were drawn into the web of a more modern and complex world. Growth centers and hollows alike developed a greater dependence on the national economy and culture, although some communities benefited from government-sponsored programs more than others. Appalachia still lags behind the rest of the country in measures of income, health, education, and job security despite the transformation of places such as Hazard and the significant improvement by almost every gauge of region-wide socioeconomic performance.

Keywords:   Appalachian development, growth centers, national economy, culture, income, health, education, job security, Hazard, socioeconomic performance

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