Ramp Hollow

Ramp Hollow

The Ordeal of Appalachia

Book - 2017
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Steven Stoll offers a fresh, provocative account of Appalachia, from the earliest European settlers, through crucial episodes such as the Whiskey Rebellion and the founding of West Virginia, and the arrival of timber and coal companies that set off a devastating "scramble for Appalachia."--
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780809095056
Characteristics: xviii, 410 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 11, 2018

The author is quite knowledgeable, maybe too much so. Essentially, he says the tragedy of Appalachia is that of property theft. However, he belabors the point (e.g. review of early history of political-economists, the entire history of the British enclosures period??) that I still haven't reached the book's halfway point. His connections and 'proofs' could have been more succinct. And so I probably will turn this book back before finishing; it's turning my brain to coal-colored Jello.


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