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Stories of Poverty in Rural Appalachia

In the second installment of his series on “America’s Poorest Towns” for, Scott Rodd writes a series of essays profiling people trying to cope with persistent poverty in Beattyville, KY.


Rodd interviews several residents of Beattyville in an effort to identify the root cause of the town’s continued poverty and economic struggles. These stories help to illustrate the depth and breadth of challenges a persistently poor rural community faces.

Read the first story in the series, which profiles Campti, LA.