“To Strike A Fair Balance”: The Peacemakers and the Community Land Trust Movement in West Virginia, 1970–1982

“To Strike A Fair Balance”: The Peacemakers and the Community Land Trust Movement in West... “To Strike A Fair Balance”: e Peacemakers and e Community Land Trust Movement in West irginia, 1970–1982 Jinny A. Turman he 1970s have long been characterized ahe “Me De ade,” one domic nated by self- ndulgence, rejection of public activism, and preference for private institutions and personal introspection. When Tom Wolfe penned his grim assessment of e de ade in 1976, it seemed at e time at Americans, war weary and concerned about eir own economic survival, had little left to give in terms of ser ice to eir communities and eir nation. Instead, ey turned inward, looking for meaning in New Age spirituality, Esalen retreats, or evangelicahristianity.1 Yet is characterization, while partially accurate, does ittle to reveal e full picture of is misunderstood de ade. It veils a separate, but related, impulse oward community at si ul a eously haped m t n American social, economic, and po iti al institutions. If e de ade had been all about e self, how does one make sense of flourishing cooperative institutions, potent grassroots campaigns, and broad- ased co li ionhat formed during e de ade? e events of e late 1960s and 1970hat strained Amerc icans’ pocket ooks http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies West Virginia University Press

“To Strike A Fair Balance”: The Peacemakers and the Community Land Trust Movement in West Virginia, 1970–1982

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“To Strike A Fair Balance”: e Peacemakers and e Community Land Trust Movement in West irginia, 1970–1982 Jinny A. Turman he 1970s have long been characterized ahe “Me De ade,” one domic nated by self- ndulgence, rejection of public activism, and preference for private institutions and personal introspection. When Tom Wolfe penned his grim assessment of e de ade in 1976, it seemed at e time at Americans, war weary and concerned about eir own economic survival, had little left to give in terms of ser ice to eir communities and eir nation. Instead, ey turned inward, looking for meaning in New Age spirituality, Esalen retreats, or evangelicahristianity.1 Yet is characterization, while partially accurate, does ittle to reveal e full picture of is misunderstood de ade. It veils a separate, but related, impulse oward community at si ul a eously haped m t n American social, economic, and po iti al institutions. If e de ade had been all about e self, how does one make sense of flourishing cooperative institutions, potent grassroots campaigns, and broad- ased co li ionhat formed during e de ade? e events of e late 1960s and 1970hat strained Amerc icans’ pocket ooks

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West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional StudiesWest Virginia University Press

Published: Jul 17, 2017

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