National Affairs: Oldtime Campaigning

With every passing year, U.S. political campaigning seems to grow more mechanized, more firmly keyed to the billboard, the advertising agency, the radio microphone and the television camera. But there are still political backwaters in the U.S. where the techniques of Batten. Barton, Durstine & Osborn are unknown, where politics is a highly personal (and sometimes dangerous) activity, and where voters solemnly consider a candidate's relatives and his need of work as well as his qualifications for office.

Floyd County, Ky., whose 55,000 poor, proud and clannish hill folk are mostly descended straight...

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