Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Peter C. Stewart

Committee Member

James R. Sweeney

Committee Member

Harold S. Wilson

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47S52


The creation of the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia during the 193Os profoundly affected the lives of hundreds of mountain people who had eked out an existence to the region for generations. While removing these people naturally caused inconveniences and disrupted a way of life, the positive results outweighed the negative. Higher standards of living generally accompanied the change, and few former residents expressed discontent over their new way of life.

This removal of the mountaineers was simply one of many episodes in American history where the federal government has played a role in moving people, thereby changing their lifestyle. Basing his findings on a number of sources, including interviews with the people who experienced the removal and witnessed the beginnings of the park and its related Blue Ridge highway, the author concludes that on the whole the project helped the mountain residents.


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