From the publisher:
"In Appalachian Aspirations, John Benhart presents the story of the evolution of capitalism and regional development in the Upper Tennessee River Valley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book's conclusion focuses on what the story of this region between 1860 and 1900 tells us about development patterns in many parts of Appalachia during this period. The answer focuses on stages of capitalism, the role of individual capitalists and business entities, and the urban landscapes created in Appalachia through various capitalist strategies."
Knoxville: University of Tennessee, 2007