The following is an excerpt from Joe Bageant’s latest book “Rainbow Pie”, his memoir of growing up in a poor subsistance farming family in West Virginia. This book has been recently published in America, although it had been published previously in Australia and Britain. The following is excerpted from a review of the book, published on Joe’s blog “Deer Hunting with Jesus”:
“You always hear about natural-born musicians, artists, teachers, nurses, even businessmen. But what happened to the natural-born farmer and extended farm family when the rural-to-urban migration saw us go from 92% of Americans making their living (and dying) on the land in 1900 to around 2% today? What happened to the natural sense of community that engendered — that “we’re all in it together,” culture we now long for? And, what about America’s supposedly classless society? How’s that working out for ya?
Here’s a new book that answers these questions and more. Continue reading