Hard Living in America's Heartland

Hard Living in America's Heartland

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Despite living hard, endlessly challenging lives, the rural poor remain tirelessly optimistic, believing things will get better next year. As one struggling farmer explained, qSometimes I feel like a jackass in a hailstorm--I just have to stand here and take it...but what the hell--it'll stop hailing sooner or later.q The struggle to survive on the richest farmland in America has produced some of the nation's poorest people. However, rural poverty is not the same as urban poverty: the usual definitions and criteria do not always apply, the known predictors do not necessarily hold up, and again and again the rural poor save themselves because they know no one else will. This book refutes the common image of the poor as lazy slackers averse to work. In reality, fiercely independent, politically astute, hard-working men and women who possess a wide array of useful skills populate the rural heartland--and they struggle to stay afloat in small-town economies that rise and fall on the whims of remote farm policy decisions, a volatile world marketplace and Mother Nature, who is a fickle, wildly unpredictable business partner.Walgreens is less expensive and will mail prescriptions, but this often takes a few days and doesna#39;t work in an immediate health crisis situation. Walmart doesna#39;t mail locally, but they are the cheapest of all, and are open the most hours per week. ... do it, a€ Michaels says, a€œbut we dona#39;t carry much cash reserve and can get into a real bind if people dona#39;t pay their bills on ... gas station over by the highway , and we try to use the local mechanic for routine bus maintenance and small repairs.

Title:Hard Living in America's Heartland
Author: Paula vW. Dail
Publisher:McFarland - 2015-02-16

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