ERIC Number: ED329380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Colonialism in Modern America: The Appalachian Case.
Lewis, Helen Matthews, Ed.; And Others
The essays in this book illustrate a conceptual model for analyzing the social and economic problems of the Appalachian region. The model is variously called Colonialism, Internal Colonialism, Exploitation, or External Oppression. It highlights the process through which dominant outside industrial interests establish control, exploit the region, and maintain their domination and subjugation of the region. Appalachia is an example of colonial domination by outside interests. Its history demonstrates the concerted efforts of the exploiters to label their work as progress and to blame problems they caused on the ignorance or deficiencies of the Appalachian people. This anthology: (1) explains the Colonial Model and its application to the study of Appalachian history and experience; (2) describes the acquisition of resources by outside influences; (3) documents the ways in which outside interests sought to establish their enterprises through political corruption and cultural discrediting of opposition; (4) shows how the region has become vulnerable to the cultural and economic definitions, interests, and whims of the larger society; and (5) extends and improves the Colonial Model for scholarly analysis leading to proposals for corrective social action. Essays contain text notes and references. (ALL)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachian Consortium, Inc., Boone, NC.