The American Redneck prospered during the early 20th century. Indian fighting had subsided and the Industrial Revolution lured them from the woods with the promise of a steady paycheck. Their assimilation into society had begun.

By the 1950’s, BBQ squirrel and fried catfish had been replaced by fast food. Newly developing trailer park communities provided the offspring of the American Redneck a larger gene pool in which to successfully propagate. Life was good.

Then, beginning in the 1970’s, corporations began shipping the manufacturing jobs overseas, sending this population into a protracted decline.

Walmart softened the blow by implementing a nationwide work-for-beer-money program. Ultimately, this initiative fell short as it didn’t account for the American Redneck’s accumulating Dairy Queen/KFC expenditures.

So, once again, this proud people tapped into their collective ingenuity and lived off their land. Fortunately, Rednecks had been successfully waging a decades-long war against deed restrictions, and so possessed an ample supply of stuff that prepared them for the hard times ahead.

Remember this tale, my friend, next time you are lost on the outskirts of town and you experience firsthand the compounds that adorn our rural fruited plain, consider them a tribute to rugged individualism and let it sing to your American spirit.