Ronald L. Lewis Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920 Book

Ronald L. Lewis Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920 Book

Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920

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 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, and the eastern United States Eventually, even ardent supporters of industrialization had reason to contemplate the consequences of unregulated exploitation Once the timber was gone, the mills closed and the railroads pulled up their tracks leaving behind an environmental disaster and a new class of marginalized rural poor to confront the worst depression in American history

Title : Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920
Author :  Ronald L. Lewis
Language : English
Isbn : 0807847062
Format : Paperback
Pages : 368 pages

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