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AN APPALACHIAN NEW DEAL: WEST VIRGINIA IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION
by JERRY B. THOMAS
West Virginia University Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-1-933202-97-6 | Paper: 978-1-933202-51-8
Library of Congress Classification F241.T47 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 975.4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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 Thomas’s exploration of personal papers by leading political and social figures, newspapers, and the published and unpublished records of federal, state, local, and private agencies, traces a region’s response to an economic depression and a presidential stimulus program.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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