Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Agricultural Economics

Major Professor

C. E. Allred


The Southern Appalachian area, as defined by Federal agencies, embraces the Great Smokies, the Cumberland Plateau, and all valleys among or lying between them. As thus defined the area includes the entire eastern end of the state as far west as the western border of the Plateau. This includes all or portions of 44 counties, or almost half the counties of this state.

In studying conditions in those counties it seemed desirable to have similar data for the other sections of the state, for comparative purposes, to serve as measuring sticks for conditions in the mountain section; also, it does not require a great deal more time to compile the data for all the counties than to pick them out for half the counties. Hence it was decided, in assembling and analyzing the Southern Appalachian data for Tennessee, to include similar data for the other sections of the state.

The four principal divisions into which the project was divided are as follows, with a graduate student assigned to each, in 1931-1932:

A. A Physical and Biological Inventory

B. An Economic Inventory

C. A Sociological Inventory

D. A Civic or Governmental Inventory

Each of these divisions of the project is designed, when completed, to supplement the others. Theses on various phases of these divisions were presented at the August 1932 Commencement.

Owing to the large amount of work involved it was not possible to complete the entire study in one year, and the various operating states and Federal agencies continued the study during the fiscal year 1932-1933. Similarly, neither of the graduate students assigned to work on the project in this state during the first year was able to complete all phases of the division of the project to which he was assigned. Two other graduate students, Messrs. J. L. Anderson and W. P. Cotton, were assigned to the various unfinished divisions of the study during the past year, and they are presenting theses at the August 1933 Commencement.

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