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Appalachian Restructuring in Historical Perspective: Coal, Culture and Social Change in West Virginia

Appalachian Restructuring in Historical Perspective: Coal, Culture and Social Change in West... Urban Studies, Vol . 30, No. 2, 1993 299-308 Appalachian Restructuring in Historical Perspective: Coal, Culture and Social Change in West Virginia Ronald L. Lewis (Paper first received, May 1991; in final form, July 19921 have been swept along before a torrent of One of the enduring images of West Vir- ginia is that of a forbidding landscape political, economic and social change pro- inhabited by `hill folk' stubbornly clinging duced by the development of the enor- to small, worn-out, uneconomical, subsis- mous supply of natural resources, such as tence farms in isolated hollows . It is easy to timber, gas, oil and coal . West Virginia is understand why this image persists; West most noted, however, as a major producer Virginia has been and continues to be an of coal . Therefore, in this paper, the focus overwhelmingly rural state . In 1870, on the will be on the role of the coal industry in eve of the industrial transformation, West transforming life and labour in this rugged Virginia was almost entirely (92 per cent) region . rural and, even after 60 years of industrial The history of the coal industry in West Virginia is characterised by a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban Studies SAGE

Appalachian Restructuring in Historical Perspective: Coal, Culture and Social Change in West Virginia

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0042-0980
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Urban Studies, Vol . 30, No. 2, 1993 299-308 Appalachian Restructuring in Historical Perspective: Coal, Culture and Social Change in West Virginia Ronald L. Lewis (Paper first received, May 1991; in final form, July 19921 have been swept along before a torrent of One of the enduring images of West Vir- ginia is that of a forbidding landscape political, economic and social change pro- inhabited by `hill folk' stubbornly clinging duced by the development of the enor- to small, worn-out, uneconomical, subsis- mous supply of natural resources, such as tence farms in isolated hollows . It is easy to timber, gas, oil and coal . West Virginia is understand why this image persists; West most noted, however, as a major producer Virginia has been and continues to be an of coal . Therefore, in this paper, the focus overwhelmingly rural state . In 1870, on the will be on the role of the coal industry in eve of the industrial transformation, West transforming life and labour in this rugged Virginia was almost entirely (92 per cent) region . rural and, even after 60 years of industrial The history of the coal industry in West Virginia is characterised by a

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Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban StudiesSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 1993

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