- Series: Twentieth-Century America Series
- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870493418
- ISBN-13: 978-0870493416
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miners Millhands Mountaineers: Industrialization Appalachian South (Twentieth-Century America Series) 1st Edition
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It is Eller's thesis that while Appalachia had undergone industrialization, the region failed to modernize. He argues that in order to understand the reasons, Southern Appalachia's industrialization should be viewed in a national context. Profits came from the extraction of mountain resources at the lowest possible cost for national markets. This view is buttressed by Gavin Wright's (1996) economic interpretation of the South as a low wage economy within a larger economy. Eller agrees with this interpretation. Like Wright, he argues industrialization was accomplished with cheap labor.
Eller's treatise spans the years 1880 to 1930. Prior to 1880 the area's remoteness and inaccessibility had delayed development.Read more ›
Ronald Eller, focusing on the years 1880-1930, documents this transformation in great detail. He describes the many extraction industries, from timber to iron ore to coal, and their goal (with some exceptions) of removing the maximum resources at the minimum of cost, with little concern for the health or livelihood of the local residents. It is a valuable reference work, well researched and with an extensive bibliography. Its main shortcoming is its restriction to a span of dates well before the present era of mountaintop removal.
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This is a neat book about the factors that have shaped the economy in the Appalachians. It is very informative for the native and the non-native.Published on March 1, 2013 by Bobby C. Kilby