Synopses & Reviews
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.
This account of land use reform during the New Deal in Appalachia adds historical context to the 1930s by exploring the planning precedents in the conservation and agricultural policies of the early twentieth century.
About the Author
Sara M. Gregg is assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, KS.