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Rural issues news and analysis from The Nation
May 4, 2022
How Democrats Can Win Over Rural America
It starts with respect.
April 13, 2022
Growing Up Queer in a Small Town
With minimal representation in my hometown and in the media, I hid my queerness and internalized toxic misconceptions about gender and sexuality.
November 10, 2021
Here’s How the Democrats Can Win Back Rural Voters
Democrats have a rural problem. Our party’s failure to even seriously contest—let alone win—statehouses and congressional seats over so much of the electoral map leaves us perpetually behind.
Jane Fleming Kleeb
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.
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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.
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.