Poverty and blame in Appalachia

More jobs would help, says J. D. Vance. So would a stronger work ethic.


The Boys in the Bunkhouse, by Dan Barry

This harrowing story chronicles the decades-long indentured servitude of a group of intellectually disabled men that persisted until 2013. Journalist Dan Barry explains how the residents of a small town in Iowa interacted with the men who lived in their old schoolhouse, offering a mix of paternalism and kindness while failing to see the conditions under which the men were being kept.