Readers hoping for a focused case study of the rise and fall of the Appalachian way of life will be disappointed. Instead, Stoll moves frequently among a history of the global rise of capitalism, discussions of Appalachia, and comparisons with other subsistence communities destroyed by the rise of industrial business practices.
Sarah Siegel is a Ph.D. candidate at Washington University in St. Louis’s history department. She studies neighborhood organizing and federal antipoverty initiatives. Her dissertation examines the Model Cities War on Poverty program and its application in St. Louis. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, she taught high school social studies in St. Louis.