"So Here I Am:" An Eyewitness Account of the Beginning of the Wayne National Forest in Appalachian Ohio as told by Ora E Anderson

by Andrews, Jean Marie

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis presents a research paper and videotaped production of Ora E. Anderson, a former journalist from the Appalachian Ohio region, about the beginning of the Wayne National Forest in Appalachian Ohio. Anderson offers a significant and authoritative contribution to local knowledge about landscape change and the dynamic processes involved and provides a compelling argument that the management of natural resources in Appalachian Ohio were largely subsumed under the national economic development policies established to deal with the overriding issue of unemployment. This research demonstrates how oral history can be used as a methodological approach to landscape history. Anderson’s seasoned perspective regarding 20th century environmental alteration together with his own 1930s newspaper reports augmented by documented archival photographs provide the raw material for a vivid portrayal of environmental degradation and economic conditions experienced during the 1930s in Appalachian Ohio.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:oral history appalachian ohio wayne national forest local knowledge natural resource management environmental


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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