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To Save the Land and People A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia

ISBN-10: 0807854352
ISBN-13: 9780807854358
Edition: 2003
Authors: Chad Montrie
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Description: Surface coal mining has had a dramatic impact on the Appalachian economy and ecology since World War II, exacerbating the region's chronic unemployment and destroying much of its natural environment. Here, Chad Montrie examines the twentieth-century  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/10/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Surface coal mining has had a dramatic impact on the Appalachian economy and ecology since World War II, exacerbating the region's chronic unemployment and destroying much of its natural environment. Here, Chad Montrie examines the twentieth-century movement to outlaw surface mining in Appalachia, tracing popular opposition to the industry from its inception through the growth of a militant movement that engaged in acts of civil disobedience and industrial sabotage. Both comprehensive and comparative, To Save the Land and People chronicles the story of surface mining opposition in the whole region, from Pennsylvania to Alabama. Though many accounts of environmental activism focus on middle-class suburbanites and emphasize national events, the campaign to abolish strip mining was primarily a movement of farmers and working people, originating at the local and state levels. Its history underscores the significant role of common people and grassroots efforts in the American environmental movement. This book also contributes to a long-running debate about American values by revealing how veneration for small, private properties has shaped the political consciousness of strip mining opponents.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Common People and Private Property
Making, Taking, and Stripping the Land
Our Country Would Be Better Fit for Farming: Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Ohio
Selfish Interests: Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Pennsylvania
We Feel We Have Been Forsaken: Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Kentucky, 1954-1967
We Will Stop the Bulldozers: Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Kentucky, 1967-1972
The Dilemma Is a Classic One: Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in West Virginia
Liberty in a Wasteland Is Meaningless: Strip Mining Opposition at the Federal Level, 1968-1972
Getting More and More Cynical: Decline of the Opposition, 1973-1977
Against the Little Man Like Me: Legalized Destruction in the SMCRA Era
Conclusion: Having to Fight the Whole System
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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