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An Appalachian New Deal: West Virginia in the Great Depression

Thomas, Jerry Bruce

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ISBN 10: 0813120640 / ISBN 13: 9780813120645
Published by University Press of Kentucky, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: An Appalachian New Deal: West Virginia in ...

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The Great Depression was well under way in West Virginia before the stock market crash of November 1929, and lasted until the coming of war in 1941. During this long decade the state faced some of the worst conditions in the country. Jerry Thomas demonstrates that the state's leaders - like their counterparts elsewhere - often ignored or only grudgingly accepted the programs and initiatives of the federal government. Ironically, Republican governor William Conley believed that increases in both state and federal relief spending were imperative, while his Democratic successors, Guy Kump and Homer Holt, saw the New Deal as threatening state interests. Thomas examines the efforts of various groups to organize against the disruptive aspects of the Depression, looking at the mixed results of New Deal policies in West Virginia within a national context. He provides comparative analysis of two models of local response to state and regional policy and discusses the impact of the New Deal and Depression on issues of family, gender, and race.

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In this paperback edition of An Appalachian New Deal: West Virginia in the Great Depression, Jerry Bruce Thomas examines the economic and social conditions of the state of West Virginia before, during, and after the Great Depression. Thomas’s exploration of personal papers by leading political and social figures, newspapers, and the published and unpublished records of federal, state, local, and private agencies, traces a region’s response to an economic depression and a presidential stimulus program. This dissection of federal and state policies implemented under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program reveals the impact of poverty upon political, gender, race, and familial relations within the Mountain State—and the entire country. Through An Appalachian New Deal, Thomas documents the stories of ordinary citizens who survived a period of economic crisis and echoes a message from our nation’s past to a new generation enduring financial hardship and uncertainty.

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