Uneven Ground

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/24/2008
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky
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"Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945 is a sweeping narrative about the political, environmental, and economic realities of the second half of the twentieth century. Author Ronald D. Eller argues that Appalachia's struggle with modernity reflects a deeper American failure to define progress in the first place. Eller contends that the notion or "development" as a solution to poverty fails to envision the essential qualities that create and sustain a healthy society. Eller examines a half century of local, state, and federal antipoverty policies, and he explains their shortcomings, showing how they are manipulated in an arena of corporate greed and political corruption, leading to environmental degradation. He describes development as a value-laden political act, and he illuminates the mixed legacy of growth programs in Appalachia."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

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

Abbreviationsp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
"How America Came to the Mountains," by Jim Wayne Millerp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Rich Land-Poor Peoplep. 9
The Politics of Povertyp. 53
Developing the Poorp. 90
Confronting Developmentp. 129
Growth and Developmentp. 177
The New Appalachiap. 221
Notesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 284
Indexp. 298
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