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Rural issues news and analysis from The Nation
February 16, 2021
How a Climate-Justice Champion Won Office in Rural, Working-Class Maine
State Senator Chloe Maxmin, a progressive activist who unseated the GOP minority leader in November, talks about social-movement organizing.
February 4, 2021
In India, Farmers Are Resisting Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine
The government is using a pliant media and its social-media warriors to paint protesting farmers as secessionists.
January 28, 2021
Biden’s Buddy Tom Vilsack Is No Friend to Farmers
Confirming him as secretary of agriculture adds insult to the Democratic Party’s long record of malign neglect toward rural Americans.
December 1, 2020
Appalachia’s Hospital Closures Are a Slow-Motion Health Care Emergency
In the last decade, more than a dozen hospitals have closed in the region.
November 19, 2020
My Neighbors Certainly Didn’t Celebrate Biden’s Win, but They Also Didn’t Publicly Mourn Trump’s Loss
More than 60 percent of my county voted for Trump this year, so the relative calm when he lost gives me hope for the future.
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October 28, 2020
‘Why Tell Me That We’re Safer Here?’
Understanding community cultural perceptions of risk—the stories people tell themselves—is critical to understanding the Covid-19 pandemic.
September 28, 2020
One Black Lives Matter Protest in Rural New York Opens the Door to Change
In the months since a Black Lives Matter protest in Catskill, N.Y., one of the march’s organizer has decided to run for office. Change is coming to the rural town.
September 9, 2020
States Are Doing What Big Government Won’t to Stop Climate Change
Officials hope the federal money, aimed at rebuilding economies ravaged by Covid-19, will support clean energy and carbon-cutting programs.
September 2, 2020
Covid Country Diary
We left Manhattan for the Catskills in March; two months into the city’s lockdown, this rural county had the highest per capita number of new cases in the state.
August 20, 2020
As Democrats Leave Cities, Rural Areas See an Uptick in Voter Registration
A rural marketing campaign offering “solace in a more secluded setting” might give Republicans more than they bargained for.