Activist and writer Michael Harrington (1928–1989) published The Other
America: Poverty in the United States in 1962. Read by President Kennedy and
many others, this highly influential book argued that despite America’s
apparent postwar prosperity, tens of millions of Americans were stuck in
desperate poverty. The Other America spurred many of the domestic policy
initiatives undertaken by the federal government in the 1960s, known as the  “War on Poverty.”

In April 1964 president Lyndon Johnson traveled to Martin County, Kentucky, in the heart of Appalachia to launch the nation’s War on Poverty. Within a year—with passage of the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 (ARDA)—Appalachia was designated as a special economic zone. The act created a federal and state partnership known as the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), whose mission is to expand the economic opportunities of the area’s residents by increasing job opportunities, human capital, and transportation.

Over $23 billion had been spent on the region through the auspices of ARDA; roughly half of the funds were from ARC and the remainder were from other federal, state, and local programs. Most of which seemed to have been spent on initiating support for the people in their current time, but little was allocated for future education of the next generation or small business entrepreneurship. Another issue was that there was very little funding allocated for the schools and vocational programs..

 Now that we are in the Information age,  the problem with the region today is that because very little was done to educate the children of the five generations that followed the initiation of the ARDA. The region and people are not considered advantageous in soliciting businesses and companies to move to the area.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you believe that more could have been done to help the people of the Appalachian?

My opinion is that America is much to wealthy of a country to have the poverty and homelessness problems that we do. We need to take care of our own, and fix what is broken internally, not only physically, but mentally and Spiritually as a Nation.


ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission). 2009. Performance and Accountability Report
Autor, David, Lawrence Katz, and Melissa Kearney. 2006. “The Polarization of the U.S. Labor Market.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 96, no. 2: 189–94.

Billings, Dwight, and Kathleen Blee. 2000. The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and
Hardship in Appalachia. Cambridge University Press

Caudill, Harry. 1963. Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area. New York: Little, Brown.

Harrington, Michael. 1962. The Other America. New York: Scribner

Bowlingtown, Kentucky–A Lost Communiy, but not Forgtten

Interesting article on Bowlingtown, I never noticed that my blog was used as an original source for her article.

Our Unbounded Heritage: 12th Century & Beyond

This post tells the story of the Bowling’s/Boling’s and Bowlingtown– a story as viewed by ancestors and living relatives; it includes a famous colonizer; a single woman’s efforts to keep Bowlingtown and its families on the map and in our memories; and, a local newspaper’s documentary about them all.

A Brief History

Daniel Boone, the Great American Pioneer, used his daring, wood-craft, and “wilderness scout” skills and experiences to open up the landscape and colonize Kentucky for his family and other settlers that founded Bowlingtown like the Bowling, Boling,  Barger, Begley, Combs, Duff, Hacker, Rice, and West families.

Bowlingtown was a thriving community of hundreds that once prospered where Buckhorn Lake state park now stands. After several years efforts (1995-1999), by Jewell Gordon, one of the last residents’ of Bowlingtown, a plaque now appears at the front of the Buckhorn Lodge that reads:

Bowlingtown 1800 -1960:

Long before Buckhorn…

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Excellant Websites for Your Research

Here are a few of my favorite websites that I have used during my research.
Clay County Genealogical Society
Kentucky Old Cooking Facebook Group
Technology for Genealogy
The Mayflower Societies
Francis Cooke Society (PilCumgrim)
Pilgrim Hall Museum
Orleans Indiana Facebook Group- If you Grew Up In Orleans
Cumberland Gap Genetic  Genealogy Facebook Group
Melungeons Facebook Group
Bolling, Bowling Facebook Group
TriState Genealogy Group Ohio-Indiana-KY- Facebook
Pennsylvania Genealogy- Facebook
Genealogy and Newspapers- Facebook
Southeastern Ky History, Genealogy and Cemeteries- Facebook
The Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society- facebook
Wilkes Genealogical Society (official) facebook (North Carolina)
Breathitt Memories- Facebook Kentucky group
Jackson County Ky Facebook group
Melungeons Unite Facebook group
Kentucky Genealogy Network Facebook
Tall Tales and Folklore’s of Kentucky’s History
Families from Breathitt County Ky Facebook
Clay County  History and Genealogy
Breathitt County History
Owsley County Ky Genealogy Facebook
Descendants of the LongHunters Facebook
Melungeon and Proud of It Facebook Group
Cortland Cemetary Ky Facebook
Pike County Ky History Facebook
East Ky facts, Legends Facebook
Lineage Society of America  Facebook
Ohio History and Genealogy Facebook
Southeast Kentucky Genealogy
North Carolina Genealogy
The Mayflower Society facebook
Newspapers- The Ancestor Hunt website
Jackson County Ky Rootsweb Website
Rootsweb Resource Page
Chronicling  America Newspapers Website
Cincinnati Ohio Museum Center
Library of Congress
The Great Migration- Pilgrims
American Ancestors
Newspaper Abstracts
The Olden Times Newspapers
Kindred Trails
Access Genealogy- Free Site
Genealogy Today- Google for Ancestry
National Archives
Us Genweb
World Genweb
Family History Daily
Find A Grave
 Cyndi’s List- Resource
Family Tree Maker Magazine
Fold 3- Newspapers
Bureau of Land Management
Digital Public Library of America
Steven Morse- many sites ( Ellis Island)
State Websites-Individual states
Census Tools
Williamsburg Library Genealogy
Library of Virginia
Family Search- death certificate
Moutain Laurel
Old Cade Coves-Kentucky pictures
Appalachian Mixed Blood-Melungeon Blog
Melungeon s Blog-Hancock Tenn
Bowling, Bolling Website at Blogger-Original
Colonial Records of North Carolina
United States Marriage Records-Definitions
The Cumberland Gap Blog
The History Channel
Kentucky Library
Kentucky~ Kindred Trails
Kentucky Dept of Library e Archives