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How the United States underdeveloped AppalachiaAppalachia -- 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 U.S. 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 nineteenth century, extractive industries kicked off a "scramble for Appalachia" that left struggling homesteaders dispossessed of their land.



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Steven Stoll

Steven Stoll is Professor of History at Fordham University and the author of five books. He writes about the United States, the Atlantic World, political economy, and environmental history. His writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Orion, and the New Haven Review.



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