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Introduction

Ronald D Eller

in Uneven Ground

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125237
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125237.003.0001
Introduction

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This book aims to examine the politics of development in Appalachia since 1945 with an eye toward exploring the idea of progress as it has evolved in modern America itself. This section provides that the story of Appalachia's struggle to overcome poverty, to live in harmony with the land, and to respect the diversity of cultures and the value of community is an American story. It emphasizes that much of the change that has come to Appalachia is the result of well-intentioned government planning to promote growth and assimilation. Programs such as the War on Poverty and Appalachian Regional Development Act reflect broadly held attitudes about progress within and outside the region, attitudes that are grounded in the received assumptions about development that have limited the dialogue and potential for alternative paths and outcomes.

Keywords: development; Appalachia; modern America; poverty; diversity; Regional Development

Chapter.  2900 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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