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ISBN: 0813021162Издательство: University Press of Florida
This book explores the origins of exploitative development in the Great Smoky Mountains and finds some surprising similarities to developmental patterns in the rest of the South. Focusing on the economic transformation of the southern Appalachians, Stephen Taylor examines the dynamics of rural versus small-town forces in the western North Carolina mountains, the region sometimes known as the "back of beyond," a name that pays homage to the mythic past of Appalachian isolation. The capitalist ethic permeated the area: people accustomed to just "getting by" tended to embrace a money economy with open arms and wallets but retained their ability to survive on what they could produce, just in case prosperity fled again. As they sought more cash and more of the material goods that it made available to them, town dwellers actively participated in the exploitation of the area's natural resources. After the mines and logging companies left, the National Park Service and TVA's Fontana Dam...