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Rural issues news and analysis from The Nation
August 24, 2017
How the Democrats Can Take Back Rural America
Party leaders must take direction from actual rural Democrats and independent progressives.
August 8, 2017
A Leader of the Keystone Opposition Talks About Building Progressive Coalitions in Red America
Jane Kleeb describes her journey from Republican to Bernie Sanders Democrat—and what it takes to forge unlikely alliances.
November 22, 2016
Struggling White Voters Who Helped Elect Trump Are Headed for Some Serious Pain
A lot of low-income voters believed Trump when he promised to make America great. They’re in for a rude awakening.
November 17, 2016
Why the Working Class and the Left Fail as a Couple and What to Do About It
We have a lot to work out.
November 16, 2016
Urban and Rural America Are Connected by Economic Refugees Like Me
I watched election 2016 from Brooklyn, but I grew up a black girl in a small town.
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July 13, 2016
Both Parties Are Battling for the South—but the South Wants Something in Return
Our roundtable reveals new trends in a changing region.
July 8, 2016
Democrats Are Not Speaking Loudly Enough to Be Heard in Rural America
The party platform is not aggressive enough in reaching out to voters who could be won over.
June 22, 2016
Progressives Need to Stop Ignoring Rural Communities
If your words and actions make sense to people and honor their experiences, they’ll get behind you. Even in the country.
June 8, 2016
Dry Taps and Lagoons of Sewage: What America’s Water Crisis Looks Like
A new report finds that safe water and sanitation are increasingly unaffordable for millions of Americans.
May 18, 2016
The Most Reliably Democratic County in America Just Sent Hillary Clinton a Signal
The Democratic front-runner needs to embrace the New Deal themes that still resonate in frequently forgotten corners of America.