Harry Caudill talked with Robert Kennedy when the then-senator from New York visited Eastern Kentucky in February 1968. Kennedy, who toured ­Appalachia to study its poverty, soon would declare himself a candidate for president. He was assassinated that June. Photo provided
Harry Caudill talked with Robert Kennedy when the then-senator from New York visited Eastern Kentucky in February 1968. Kennedy, who toured ­Appalachia to study its poverty, soon would declare himself a candidate for president. He was assassinated that June. Photo provided
Harry Caudill talked with Robert Kennedy when the then-senator from New York visited Eastern Kentucky in February 1968. Kennedy, who toured ­Appalachia to study its poverty, soon would declare himself a candidate for president. He was assassinated that June. Photo provided

Chapter 3: The world comes to Whitesburg to take Harry Caudill’s ‘poverty tour’

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