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For-Profit DemocracyWhy the Government Is Losing the Trust of Rural America$
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Loka Ashwood

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215359

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215359.001.0001

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Welcome to Burke County

Welcome to Burke County

(p.3) One Welcome to Burke County
For-Profit Democracy

Loka Ashwood

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the outcome of for-profit's rule in Burke County, Georgia. Burke County is what the US Department of Agriculture calls a persistent-poverty county, meaning that for the past thirty years, over 20 percent of the population has lived in poverty. The designation is not an easy one to get. Only 11.2 percent of counties nationally register as that poor, for that long. And most of such counties are rural. Poverty has been even worse lately in Burke County: 33.5 percent of the county lives in poverty. The region is part of what W. E. B. Du Bois called the Black Belt, for both its soil and people, where plantations once littered the landscape, providing the template for the later tenant-farm structure.

Keywords:   Burke County, for-profit democracy, persistent-poverty county, poor democratic state, Black Belt, tenant farm

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