A History of Appalachia


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University Press of Kentucky
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6.08 X 0.76 X 9.04 inches | 1.16 pounds

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"Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2002." --

"Drake traces the roots of the deep divisions in [Appalachia] between those with money and power and those without, and he maintains a reasonable balance between passionate advocacy and dispassionate scholarship in his analysis of the effects on the region of the coal, chemical, and hydroelectric power industries.... An essential text that establishes the facts, tells the stories, identifies the heroes and villains, explodes the stereotypes, and demystifies and celebrates the region." -- KIRKUS REVIEW, Dec 15, 2000

"Drake's social history is comprehensive.... [T]he text ties Appalachian history to several common themes, among them: its distinctiveness as a region, its economic dependence on outside capital investment, extraction, and, resulting colonization, and, its extremes and complexity as exemplified by pockets of wealth amidst large-scale poverty.... Historians and social scientists interested in a sweeping history of Appalachia with a sociological, economic, and occasional psychological twist will benefit by reading Drake's commendable work." -- Kenneth C. Wolensky, Pennsylvania History Journal

"[H]ow do you stop writing about the qualities of a book you've dog-earred up till it looks like an origami piece?... Drake outlines the unique Appalachian attitudes towards race (i.e. our leadership in civil rights in integration) and dealing with calamity (the "Appalachian sense of humor") better than anyone I've read so far.

Put simply, this is a great review of Appalachian history - a solid introduction for the layman who wants to understand, but hasn't had the opportunities to do so." -- Eric Drummond Smith, Hillbilly Savant