The Webster County Blues: An Exploration of the Educational Attitudes of a Poor Appalachian Community

Todd Snyder


I conducted a survey in order to determine whether or not the cultural values shared by parents from a poor mountain town in West Virginia discourage high school students from pursuing a college education. The results suggest that the persistence of poverty in rural Webster County can be attributed to the region’s traditional set of cultural values, which discourage the importance of higher education.

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