From Daniel Boone to Hill Billy: The Origins of White Rural Poverty

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The white working class has been in the news this year, but where did it come from? In the 1840s, writers celebrated Daniel Boone in some of the first biographies about the great Pathfinder. But just thirty years later, his legacies in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia were ridiculed and insulted by journalists, industrialists, politicians, and others from the coastal cities. How did this happen and what have been its implications?

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