Hard Living in America's Heartland: Rural Poverty in the 21st Century Midwest

Hard Living in America's Heartland: Rural Poverty in the 21st Century Midwest

by Paula vW. Dail


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786474813
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paula vW. Dáil is an emerita research professor in social welfare and public policy. Widely published in the social sciences, she is a political activist, former journalist, and award-winning non-fiction writer. She lives in the Lower Wisconsin River Valley of Southwestern Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface 1

Introduction: Poverty in the Rural Midwest-If You Can Find It 11

Maps of Poverty Regions in Midwestern States 29

1 We Ain't Got Much, But We Got Plenty: Understanding Rural Poverty When the Usual Criteria Don't Apply 43

2 Living off the Land: A Brief History of Rural Midwestern America 58

3 America's Heartland: Life in the Midwestern Farm States 86

4 Feeding Candy to the Cows: The Rural Midwestern Farm Economy 104

5 Get Big or Get Out: Rural America Moves into the 21st Century 135

6 Throwing Cow Chips for Entertainment: The Pluses and Minuses of Rural Community Life 154

7 Poverty Makes You Sick: The Rural Health Care Problem 166

8 One-Cop Towns: Rural Crime and Punishment 193

9 Go to School or Go to Work? Is Formal Education the Answer? 205

10 Conclusion: The Invisible Poor 228

Appendix 1 Methodology and Interview Schedules 235

Appendix 2 Agricultural Traits of Midwestern Farm States 239

Appendix 3 Medicaid Eligibility Groups and Services 245

Chapter Notes 251

Bibliography 261

Index 236

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