A Freidenker’s Story of Life in America’s Flyover Middle
In an eccentric travel book about America’s flyover middle, a cynical old curmudgeon invites us on a humorous road trip. The man who bought the town of Story, Indiana, and its 19th-century inn, he highlights the historical landmarks and sharing tales of the diverse folks who populate the region. Historical photos and loony adventures included.BUY BOOK
Nestled discreetly along the border between the placid farmland and the hillbilly hills left by the last Ice Age in greater Kentucky – Indiana – Ohio, a specific culture has evolved in America’s heartland. Actually, several contrasting cultures that overlap but rarely mix. The author describes how this area became what it is today, a land of clapboard churches, limestone quarries, manufactured homes, Harley Davidson rallies, caves, distilleries, meth labs and gun stores, wine festivals and the bed-and-breakfast crowd.
Hofstetter employs his academic pedigrees (BA History, MA Political Science, Indiana University; JD, Duke Law School) in a readable, and tantalizing, exploration into the mindset of the people who populate Flyover America. Why did this region overwhelmingly vote for Donald Trump? Why do they own guns, fly Rebel flags and loathe coastal elites? What makes them so religious?
This book is the first of its kind to explain the drubbing that Democrats took in November, 2016, and the fractured future that faces our polity. “Kentuckiana Roads” should be seen as a companion book to JD Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”, written by an outsider who spent his life immersed, but never quite rooted, in Kentuckiana culture.
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Read a chapter of the Kentuckiana Roads wherein the author invokes Article 5 of the Constitution of the United States to propose amendments that might help straighten this country out!