An Appalachian Reawakening

An Appalachian Reawakening

West Virginia and the Perils of the New Machine Age, 1945-1972

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As the long boom of post-World War II economic expansion spread across the globe, dreams of white picket fences, democratic ideals, and endless opportunities flourished within the United States. Middle America experienced a period of affluent stability built upon a modern age of industrialization. Yet for the people of Appalachia, this new era brought economic, social, and environmental devastation, preventing many from realizing the American Dream. Some families suffered in silence; some joined a mass exodus from the mountains; while others, trapped by unemployment, poverty, illness, and injury became dependent upon welfare. As the one state most completely Appalachian, West Virginia symbolized the region's dilemma, even as it provided much of the labor and natural resources that fueled the nation's prosperity.

An Appalachian Reawakening: West Virginia and the Perils of the New Machine Age, 1945-1972 recounts the difficulties the state of West Virginia faced during the post-World War II period. While documenting this turmoil, this valuable analysis also traces the efforts of the New Frontier and Great Society programs, which stimulated maximum feasible participation and lead to the ultimate rise of grass roots activities and organizations that improved life and labor in the region and undermined the notion of Appalachian fatalism.



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As the current controversies over "mountaintop removal" remind us, coal mining has had dramatic effects on West Virginia's people and environment. In this book, Thomas (emeritus, history, Shepherd U.) examines how the state fared during the three decades after the Second World War as transformations in coal mining and related industries led to a smaller workforce, increasingly dangerous mines, environmental degradation, and economic decline. The book also covers how New Frontier and War on Poverty programs helped relieve some of the state's economic distress in the 1960s, and how these programs led to a rise in grass-roots organizations and activism that helped the state's people begin to take their future back into their own hands. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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As the long boom of post-World War II economic expansion spread across the globe, dreams of white picket fences, democratic ideals, and endless opportunities flourished within the United States. Middle America experienced a period of affluent stability built upon a modern age of industrialization. Yet for the people of Appalachia, this new era brought economic, social, and environmental devastation, preventing many from realizing the American Dream. Some families suffered in silence, some joined a mass exodus from the mountains, while others, trapped by unemployment, poverty, illness, and injury, became dependent upon welfare. As the one state most completely Appalachian, West Virginia symbolized the region's dilemma, even as it provided much of the labor and natural resources that fueled the nation's prosperity.

An Appalachian Reawakening: West Virginia and the Perils of the New Machine Age, 1945-1972 recounts the difficulties the state of West Virginia faced during the post-World War II period. While documenting this turmoil, this valuable analysis also traces the efforts of the New Frontier and Great Society programs, which stimulated maximum feasible participation and led to the ultimate rise of grass-roots activities and organizations that improved life and labor in the region and undermined the notion of Appalachian fatalism.

Publisher: Morgantown :, West Virginia University Press,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781933202983
193320298X
9781933202587
1933202580
9781933202594
1933202599
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 470 pages) : illustrations

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