"Skilled history from which interested readers and policy makers can learn much. (For a firsthand account of life in Appalachian Kentucky, see Linda Scott DeRosier, Creeker.)"
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 the Klan, not reviewed) offer an ambitious history of an Appalachian county in order to understand "how places grow poor."
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