This book captures the views of students of rural America on the serious state of affaire in rural South areas and on the strategies for stimulating improvements in the well-being of rural Southerners. It spurs policymakers, leaders, and rural residents to redress the ills of the rural South.

chapter 1|12 pages

The Rural South in Crisis: An Introduction

ByLionel J. Beaulieu

part One|86 pages

Dimensions of the Agriculture/Rural Community Crisis in the South

chapter 2

The Rural South in Crisis: A Historical Perspective

ByDwight B. Billings

chapter 3|21 pages

The Status of Southern Agriculture

ByDavid H. Harrington

chapter 4|21 pages

The Tale of Two Souths

ByStuart A. Rosenfeld

chapter 5|15 pages

The Community Crisis in the Rural South

ByKenneth P. Wilkinson

chapter 6|12 pages

The Human Dimension of the Rural South in Crisis

ByLouis E. Swanson

part Two|134 pages

Current Socioeconomic Issues in the Rural South

chapter 7

Social and Economic Conditions of Black Farm Households: Status and Prospects

ByE. Yvonne Beauford, Mack C. Nelson

chapter 8|21 pages

Factors Associated with Women's Attitudes Toward Farming 1

ByLorraine E. Garkovich, Janet L. Bokemeier

chapter 9|17 pages

Farm Structure and Local Society Well-Being in the South

ByJerry R. Skees, Louis E. Swanson

chapter 11|11 pages

Local Labor Markets in Agricultural Policy Dependent Areas of the South

ByForrest A. Deseran, Ann Z. Dellenbarger

chapter 12|17 pages

Race and Underemployment: Black Employment Hardship in the Rural South

ByDaniel T. Lichter

chapter 13|13 pages

The Effects of the Farm Crisis on Rural Communities and Community Residents

ByDon E. Albrecht, Steve H. Murdock

chapter 14|22 pages

Community Forces and Their Influence on Farm Structure

ByLionel J. Beaulieu, Michael K. Miller, David Mulkey

part Three|55 pages

Agriculture and Rural Development Policies: Past Reflections, Future Directions

chapter 15

Reflections on Agricultural Policies and Their Consequences for the South

ByPatricia A. Duffy, Ronald D. Knutson

chapter 16|16 pages

Development Strategies in the Rural South: Issues and Alternatives

ByDavid Mulkey, Mark S. Henry

chapter 18|12 pages

State Rural Development Policies: An Emerging Government Initiative

ByJudith C. Hackett

part Four

Opportunities for the Vitalization of the Rural South

chapter 20|21 pages

Educational Reform and Regional Development

ByBrady J. Deaton, Anne S. Deaton

chapter 22|14 pages

Alternative Enterprises for Strengthening Southern Agriculture

ByEmerson M. Babb, Burl F. Long

chapter 23|7 pages

Charting a Course for the Rural South

ByWilliam F. Winter

chapter 24|10 pages

Improvements in The Rural South: They Won’t Come Easy

ByLyle P. Schertz