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Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty

Thomas Kiffmeyer


The Appalachian Volunteers formed in the early 1960s, determined to eliminate poverty through education and vocational training and to improve schools and homes in the mountainous regions of the south-eastern United States. This book illustrates how the activists ultimately failed, mainly because they were indecisive about the fundamental nature of their mission. The AVs, many of them college students, were also distracted by causes such as civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. Despite some progress, the organization finally lost the support of the national government and, more impor ... More

Keywords: Appalachian Volunteers, poverty, education, vocational training, civil rights, Vietnam War, 1960s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125091
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Kiffmeyer, author