To Save the Land and People
A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
By Chad Montrie
264 pp., 6 x 9, 6 illus., 5 maps, 1 table, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5435-8
Published: March 2003
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6263-6
Published: November 2003
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Though many accounts of environmental activism focus on middle-class suburbanites and emphasize national events, the campaign to abolish strip mining was primarily a movement of farmers and working people, originating at the local and state levels. Its history underscores the significant role of common people and grassroots efforts in the American environmental movement. This book also contributes to a long-running debate about American values by revealing how veneration for small, private properties has shaped the political consciousness of strip mining opponents.
About the Author
Chad Montrie is assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
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"A valuable contribution to the history of the region . . . raises interesting questions about what happened, about the role of the local, state, and national environmental groups, and about the effects of class differences among membership in these groups."--Journal of Appalachian Studies
"Montrie's study not only provides us with an excellent understanding of the history of America's strip-mining debate but offers guidance for dealing with it in the future."--Journal of American History
"An admirable study of real importance to historians of the environment and Appalachia."--Journal of Southern History
"Montrie's study of the resistance by the farmers and people directly affected by surface strip mining is an important study for environmental activism. Using a wealth of sources such as manuscript collections, oral histories, government documents, and other primary sources, he provides a thorough examination of the efforts to control surface coal mining in Appalachia by a coalition of forces."--Enterprise & Society
"Montrie's book will no doubt find a welcome spot on the shelf of many an Appalachian scholar. Anyone with broad interests in twentieth-century American environmentalism, mining history, and environmental justice also will find it a compelling read. Meticulously researched and highly readable, To Save the Land and People tells a story that needs to be heard."--Environmental History
"[Montrie] has produced a first-rate history of the campaign to abolish strip mining. . . . Well written and carefully researched, the book captures the ebb and flow of reform coalition building, and is a welcome addition to the growing literature on business and the environment."--Business History