For decades, discussions of poverty and inequality in America have tended to focus on cities. In part, that’s understandable—cities are often the places where income disparities are most visible. 

But as poverty researchers Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Schaefer, and Timothy Nelson argue in their recent book The Injustice of Place, traditional income-based indicators of poverty can mask the “deep disadvantage” faced by rural communities across the country. 

On this episode, they join associate editor Regina Munch to discuss how centuries of resource extraction, racism, and “internal colonization” have blocked the advancement of regions like Appalachia, southern Texas, and the “cotton belt” from sharing in American prosperity. 

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“By allowing child tax credits to expire, Americans are saying that they are ‘okay’ with child poverty”—Luke Schaefer
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