Date of Award

Summer 1966

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science


The purpose of this paper is to describe the economic, social, and political conditions in Russell County that have caused it to be classified as a depressed area by the De­ partments of Commerce and Labor. The years 1950 to 1966 were selected by this writer because it seems that the poverty of the people of the county began emerging immedi­ ately after the Second World War and has become more pro­ nounced since that time. For historical and comparative purposes, certain aspects of the county's development from 1900 to 1950 have been included; however, they have been held to a minimum, and they are of only secondary importance to the paper.