To Save the Land and People
A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject: Science, Technology and Engineering | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9780807862636
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.