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Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945
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 ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published October 24th 2008 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published September 19th 2008)
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Political history on the economic development of Appalachia since 1945. The area of the Appalachians the author primarily focuses on is eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. This work is scholastically-written and has plenty of good information but is repetitive in its assertions. In my opinion the repetition becomes too tedious for a substantial part of the first half of chapter three. Otherwise, the work is very good when it gets into the specifics, like in describing the Appalachian ...more
I've heard this book compared to Harry Caudill's landmark "Night Comes to the Cumberlands" in its importance. I would agree. The breadth and scope of Ron Eller's story of Appalachia was at once fascinating, heartbreaking, challenging, and hopeful. This was, to me, not only a story of greed and corruption, but a rallying cry to move forward and challenge the status quo, as others before have so tirelessly done. I will read and refer to this book often for many years to come.
Detailed history of the myriad and conflicting anti-poverty campaigns developed for progress in Appalachia. Enormous amounts of private and government funding over decades saw mixed progress in the development of this "land apart." Eller takes on complex cultural, political, educational, environmental, and industrial issues and describes the challenges and shortcomings of growth policies. An interesting, if, depressing, read.
Originally from southern West Virginia, Ron Eller has spent more than forty years writing and teaching about the Appalachian region. A descendent of eight generations of families from Appalachia, Dr. Eller served for 15 years as the Director of the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center where he coordinated research and service programs on a wide range of Appalachian policy issues including ...moreMore about Ronald D. Eller...