Coming Home

At the beginning of my dissertation, I quoted an article from Ford (1962) about the culture of poverty that continues to exist in the eastern appalachian region of Kentucky. His premise was that this was a learned behavior and that most from this area were illerate and uneducated. This of course not my words, but a hypothetical statement to be proven to be true or false. One of my reviews who stated that they were from the region to exception to the hypothesis stated saying, "I am from that region and resent your remarks." That is a sensitivity that was unexpected from a PhD.  It did peak my interest in this sensistivity

I am sure that there are many opinions but most writers take the negative approach when explaining the high rate of poverty that exists in the present day and the refusal so some to cooperate with differing social agencies, or those that maintain their existance from government handouts.

I would appreciate some comments from the forum about their feelings of this prevalence of poverty in the area. I state this because I was a child of the late depression times and the son of a coal miner who lived in the mining camps in Bell County. My father gave his life in the mines. Even though we lived in what would now be considered the worst of poverty, there was a pride in which there was never a thought of being in  poverty.

Have the people of Appalachia changed, or is the concept that poverty is a known fact or is it a governmental and mainstream culture concept

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