This issue includes two articles that draw from the March 2018 “Rural Poverty: Fifty Years After The People Left Behind” conference. The first, by Bruce Weber, summarizes papers from the conference as a whole. The second, by James P. Ziliak, looks at how changes in employment, wages, and the social safety net have affected the economic status of rural people compared to urban dwellers over the past five decades.
- Fifty years after The People Left Behind: The unfinished challenge of reducing rural poverty, by Bruce Weber
- Are rural Americans still behind?, by James P. Ziliak
This issue features an electronic supplement, Focus+, which includes links to additional readings and videos related to the articles in the issue. This resource may be particularly useful in the classroom.