Modernizing the Mountaineer : People, Power, and Planning in Appalachia

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr
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Since its initial publication a decade ago, Modernizing the Mountaineer has become a classic in Appalachian studies. Now available with a substantial new introduction, the book is a passionate and provocative critique of the enterprises and organizations that have sought to develop the region.
David Whisnant focuses upon public and private social and economic development efforts in Appalachia from the close of the nineteenth century through the early 1970s. He explores their diverse origins, their many ways of assessing and relating to the problems and people of the region, and above all the cultural politics that shaped them. Modernizing the Mountaineer blends careful analysis with an ardent commitment to making the needs of the region's people the preeminent consideration in the design of social policy.
In his new introduction, Whisnant chronicles the book's controversial history, discusses the factors that contributed to its perspective, and surveys the advances in Appalachian studies that have occurred since it was first written.

Author Biography

David E. Whisnant is professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

Reflections on the New Edition
Workers in God's Grand Division: The Council of the Southern Mountainsp. 3
All Forms of Human Concerns: The Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-75p. 43
Appalachia as a Depressed Area: The Area Redevelopment Administrationp. 70
Appalachia and the War on Poverty: The Office of Economic Opportunityp. 92
Development by Dipsydoodling: The Design of the Appalachian Regional Commissionp. 126
The Worst Last: The Programs of the Appalachian Regional Commissionp. 153
One-Eye in the Land of the Blind: The Appalachian Volunteersp. 185
Power for the People: The Congress for Appalachian Developmentp. 220
Paradoxes of Insurgency: Revolt Against the Planners in the Kentucky River Area Development Districtp. 238
Conclusion: Cultural Values and Regional Developmentp. 266
Selected Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 301
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