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The New Appalachia

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/9780813125237.003.0007
The New Appalachia

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This chapter describes Appalachian development, in which some communities prospered and grew, while others languished and declined. It observes that, everywhere, the region's people were drawn into the web of a more modern and complex world. Growth centers and hollows alike developed a greater dependence on the national economy and culture, although some communities benefited from government-sponsored programs more than others. Appalachia still lags behind the rest of the country in measures of income, health, education, and job security despite the transformation of places such as Hazard and the significant improvement by almost every gauge of region-wide socioeconomic performance.

Keywords: Appalachian development; growth centers; national economy; culture; income; health; education; job security; Hazard; socioeconomic performance

Chapter.  14679 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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