Born in rural Russell County, Jackie Stump lacked a high school diploma, party affiliation, and electoral experience when he first ran for office. But he won. Scalawag looks back at his legacy and what it might teach us about politics today.
As the nation shifts toward broad acceptance of marriage equality, the South is increasingly at war with itself. Franklin County is no outlier, but the story of its GSA isn’t just about anti-LGBT animus.
The people of Appalachia are looking for miracles. Like the Psalmist, they lift up their eyes to the hills; whence does their help come? From God and his warehouse apostles, yes, but in a pinch, perhaps the government will do.