Ford, The Southern Appalachian Region: A Survey (1962)

In 1957, W.D. Weatherford, member of Board of Trustees of Berea College,  petitioned the Ford Foundation to up­date the 1935 USDA study. The newer survey, funded by grants from the Ford Foundation and coordinated by Thomas R. Ford, was published in 1962 as The Southern Appalachian Region: A Survey.  It included only those “state economic areas” composed en­tirely of Appalachian counties with “low socioeconomic indicators” according to the 1950 census (Walls; Ulack and Raitz, 41). The Ford region is the smallest region of the six “classic” definitions according to John Alexander Williams.

Ford, Thomas R., ed. 1962. The southern Appalachian region: A survey. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press.

Raitz, Karl and Richard Ulack. 1981. Appalachia: A comparison of the cognitive and Appalachian regional commission regions. Southeastern Geographer 21 (1): 40-53.
Williams, John Alexander. 1996. Counting yesterday’s people: Using aggregate data to address the problem of Appalachia’s boundaries. Journal of Appalachian Studies 2 (1): 3-27.

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