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Appalachia - among the most storied and yet least understood regions in America - has long been associated with poverty and backwardness. But how did this image arise, and what exactly does it mean? In Ramp Hollow, Steven Stoll launches an original investigation into the history of Appalachia and its place in US history, with a special emphasis on how generations of its inhabitants lived, worked, survived, and depended on natural resources held in common.
Ramp Hollow traces the rise of the Appalachian homestead and how its self-sufficiency resisted dependence on money and the industrial society arising elsewhere in the United States - until, beginning in the 19th century, extractive industries kicked off a "scramble for Appalachia" that left struggling homesteaders dispossessed of their land. As the men disappeared into coal mines and timber camps, and their families moved into shantytowns or deeper into the mountains, the commons of Appalachia were, in effect, enclosed, and the fate of the region was sealed.
Ramp Hollow takes a provocative look at Appalachia and the workings of dispossession around the world by upending our notions about progress and development. Stoll ranges widely from literature to history to economics in order to expose a devastating process whose repercussions we still feel today.
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By Lawrence on 12-18-17
Content A; Performance F-
Well researched and well written. Too bad the narrator spoils it with a sound-crushing bad delivery. The CIA doesn’t need to waterboard terrorists. Just have this guy read to them; they’ll talk.
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By Alexandra on 06-13-18
Re-record this book with a different narrator please!
This is information that everyone should know. The content is excellent and I look forward to turning to the additional resources mentioned in the text.Unfortunately, the narrator has a tone of voice as if he were whining after already having lost an argument. Every sentence ends with the same inflection. It was a major chore getting through to the end of this. audiobook. I would have returned it and I probably will get a print copy. Please find a different narrator and a re-record this book. It is too important to be done so badly.