The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 28, 2000 - Business & Economics - 434 pages
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Kathleen Blee and Dwight Billings examine the social dynamics of persistently poor rural communities through the history of Clay County, an especially po or section of the Eastern Kentucky mountains in Appalachia. This book makes an important contribution to basic research on inequality pointing to the shortcomings of treating symptomatic problems of low income, while failing to address systemic ones at a time when American policymakers are struggling to design and implement effective programs to move people from welfare to work.
 

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User Review  - thebradking - LibraryThing

We talk quite a bit about poverty and economic disparity in the U.S., but this is one of the few books that takes an in-depth view of the problem. This book is unique in that it combines 100 years of ... Read full review

THE ROAD TO POVERTY: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With rural poverty remaining a persistent problem in the US, sociologists Billings (Univ. of Kentucky; Planters and the Making of a "New South," not reviewed) and Blee (Univ. of Pittsburgh; Women of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Antebellum Capitalist Markets
25
Frontier Kentucky in the Capitalist World System
27
Industry Commerce and Slaveholding
51
Antebellum State Coercion
103
4 State Making and the Origins of Elite Conflict
105
Photo Essay
137
Cultural Strategies
155
Postbellum Capitalist Markets and the Local State
241
From Marginality to Integration
243
Feud Violence with Pam Goldman Sharon Hardesty and Lee Hardesty
281
Epilogue
316
Data and Methodology
339
Genealogies
345
Notes
347
Index
427

The Patriarchal Moral Economy of Agriculture
157
Racial Dynamics and the Creation of Poverty
208

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