Thomas Frank, the founding editor of The Baffler, is the author of One Market Under God and The Conquest of Cool. He writes frequently for Harper's Magazine, The Nation, and Le Monde diplomatique.
What's the Matter with America?
The poorest county in America isn't in Appalachia or the Deep South. It is on the Great Plains, a region of struggling ranchers and dying farm towns, and in the election of 2000 the Republican candidate for president, George W. Bush, carried it by a majority of greater than 80 percent.1
This puzzled me when I first read about it, as it puzzles many of the people I know.
Based on the Thomas Frank's best-seller, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" shows how Kansas transformed from an outpost of radicalism to a bastion of hard-core conservatism. Unforgettable characters and their stories shed new light on our nation's political divide.