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Transforming the Appalachian countryside : railroads, deforestation, and social change in West Virginia, 1880-1920

Author: Ronald L Lewis
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1998.
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In 1880, ancient-growth forest still covered two-thirds of West Virginia, but by the 1920s lumbermen had denuded the entire region. Ronald Lewis explores the transformation in these mountain counties precipitated by deforestation. As the only state that lies entirely within the Appalachian region, West Virginia provides an ideal site for studying the broader social impact of deforestation in Appalachia, the South,  Read more...
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Lewis, Ronald L., 1940-
Transforming the Appalachian countryside.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1998
(DLC) 97036616
(OCoLC)37475176
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald L Lewis
ISBN: 0807862975 9780807862971
OCLC Number: 45727827
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 348 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The virgin forest and the backcounty economy --
The touch of capital: railroads, timber, and economic development of the backcounties --
Land, capital, and timber operations at the periphery --
Making capital secure: law and the industrial transformation of West Virginia --
Workers in the woods --
Ethnicity, exploitation, and social conflict --
Connecting the periphery: commercialization of the countryside --
"New men" versus "old men": political economy and the country seat wars --
The market revolution and the decline of agriculture --
If trees could cuss: environmental destruction and the beginnings of restoration.
Responsibility: Ronald L. Lewis.

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In 1880, forest covered two-thirds of West Virginia, but by the 1920s lumbermen had denuded the entire region. This work explores the transformation in the mountain counties precipitated by  Read more...

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ÝP rovides the best account yet of how industrialization transformed the Appalachian forests at the turn of the century."Journal of American History"

 
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