Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Lillian Worley Stimson, Robert G. Long, J. Fred Holly, Paris B. Stockdale
The Problem and Purpose of the Study: Possibly no other area in Anglo-America shows better the relation between man and a restrictive environment than the Cumberland Plateau. Certainly no other presents a more interesting social and geographic picture: here dwells [sic] some of the best racial stock in the United States (much of it pre-Revolutionary) and at the same time the largest number of illiterate and poverty-stricken people in the nation. What they are, no doubt, is more a matter of natural environment than of anything else. . . .
The above statement is the introduction by White and Foscue to their discussion of the Cumberland Plateau. The basis for this dissertation is embodied within the ideas expressed in this statement, for herein lies the heart of a problem: the prosperity of a people has been limited by a restrictive environment.
Webb, George Willis, "The Resources of the Cumberland Plateau as Exemplified by Cumberland County, Tennessee: A Geographic Analysis. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 1956.