Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty

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Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty

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Description

The Appalachian Volunteers formed in the early 1960s, determined to eliminate poverty through education and vocational training and to improve schools and homes in the mountainous regions of the south-eastern United States. This book illustrates how the activists ultimately failed, mainly because they were indecisive about the fundamental nature of their mission. The AVs, many of them college students, were also distracted by causes such as civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. Despite some progress, the organization finally lost the support of the national government and, more important, of many Appalachian people, setbacks from which it never recovered.

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-2509-1

eISBN

978-0-8131-7308-5 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-3895-4 (epub)

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125091.001.0001

Keywords

Appalachian Volunteers, Poverty, Education, Vocational training, Civil rights, Vietnam War, 1960s

Disciplines

Appalachian Studies | Politics and Social Change | United States History