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

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 348 pages
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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 l
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Virgin Forest and the Backcounty Economy
15
The Touch of Capital Railroads Timber and Economic Development of the Backcounties
45
Land Capital and Timber Operations at the Periphery
81
Making Capital Secure Law and the Industrial Transformation of West Virginia
103
Workers in the Woods
131
Ethnicity Exploitation and Social Conflict
165
Connecting the Periphery Commercialization of the Countryside
185
New Men versus Old Men Political Economy and the County Seat Wars
211
The Market Revolution and the Decline of Agriculture
235
If Trees Could Cuss Environmental Destruction and the Beginnings of Restoration
263
Notes
293
Bibliography
317
Index
339
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About the author (1998)

Ronald L. Lewis is Stuart and Joyce Robbins Chair in History at West Virginia University.

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