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Managing the Mountains: Land Use Planning, the New Deal, and the Creation of a Federal Landscape in Appalachia

Sara M. Gregg

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Type: Books

Vendor: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300192568

Year: 2013

Pages: 304

Language: English

Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 0.7 in


Winner of the 2010 Charles A. Weyerhaueser Book Award as given by the Forest History Society

Historians have long viewed the massive reshaping of the American landscape during the New Deal era as unprecedented. This book uncovers the early twentieth-century history rich with precedents for the New Deal in forest, park, and agricultural policy. Sara M. Gregg explores the redevelopment of the Appalachian Mountains from the 1910s through the 1930s, finding in this region a changing paradigm of land use planning that laid the groundwork for the national New Deal. Through an intensive analysis of federal planning in Virginia and Vermont, Gregg contextualizes the expansion of the federal government through land use planning and highlights the deep intellectual roots of federal conservation policy.

Sara M. Gregg is assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, KS.


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