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Culture, Class, and Politics in Modern Appalachia
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Culture, Class, and Politics in Modern Appalachia takes stock of the field of Appalachian studies as it explores issues still at the center of its scholarship: culture, industrialization, the labor movement, and twentieth-century economic and political failure and their social impact. A new generation of scholars continues the work of Appalachian studies’ pioneers, exploring the diversity and complexity of the region and its people. Labor migrations from around the world transformed the region during its critical period of economic growth. Collective struggles over occupational health and safety, the environment, equal rights, and civil rights challenged longstanding stereotypes. Investigations of political and economic power and the role of social actors and social movements in Appalachian history add to the foundational work that demonstrates a dynamic and diverse region.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xix
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  1. Introduction: Writing Appalachia: Old Ways, New Ways, and WVU Ways
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Section I: Culture
  2. p. 29
  1. 'Scrip Was a Way of Life': Company Stores, Jewish Merchants, and the Coalfield Retail Economy
  2. pp. 31-55
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  1. A Combat Scenario: Early Coal Mining and the Culture of Danger
  2. pp. 56-87
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  1. Radical Challenge and Conservative Triumph: The Struggle to Define American Identity in the Somerset County Coal Strike, 1922-1923
  2. pp. 88-117
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  1. Separate But Never Equal: Dewey W. Fox and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Age of Jim Crow
  2. pp. 118-137
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  1. Section II: Class
  2. p. 139
  1. 'Sadly in need of organization': Labor Relations in the Fairmont Field, 1890 to 1918
  2. pp. 141-165
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  1. The Matewan Massacre: Before and After
  2. pp. 166-203
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  1. Progress and Persistent Problems: Sixty Years of Health Care in Appalachia
  2. pp. 204-223
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  1. 1199 Comes to Appalachia: Beginnings, 1970-1976
  2. pp. 224-250
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  1. Section III: Politics
  2. p. 251
  1. Mining Reform After Monongah: The Conservative Response to Mine Disasters
  2. pp. 253-282
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  1. Depression, Recovery, Instability: The NRA and the McDowell County, West Virginia Coal Industry, 1920-1938
  2. pp. 283-304
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  1. To Dance with the Devil: The Social Impact of Mountaintop Removal Surface Coal Mining
  2. pp. 305-328
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  1. Publications
  2. pp. 329-334
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 335-338
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  1. Index [Includes Back Cover]
  2. pp. 339-347
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