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Monday, October 26, 2009

Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945

Sharing a book review:

Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945, by Ronald D. Eller.
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2008.
376 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8131-2523-7.
Reviewed by Kevin BarksdalePublished on H-Appalachia (March, 2009)
Commissioned by Brian D. McKnight

Failed Policies, Flawed Theories, and the Tragedy of Postwar Appalachia

"In Uneven Ground, historian Ronald D. Eller offers a Braudelian narrative of the social, economic, and political transformation of Appalachia after the Second World War. Focusing primarily on the relationship between relief and development efforts and the deteriorating postwar mountain communities and economy, Eller’s study stands as an indictment of failed governmental policies, faulty theories and models, and corporate greed and irresponsibility. From the acceleration of Appalachia’s postwar economy to the contemporary grassroots efforts to halt mountain-top removal mining practices, Uneven Ground covers a staggering amount of historical terrain and fills a long-overdue gap in the region’s historiography."

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