Cyn­thia M. Dun­can is a soci­ol­o­gist and found­ing direc­tor of the Carsey Insti­tute for Fam­i­lies and Com­mu­ni­ties at the Uni­ver­si­ty of New Hamp­shire. She is research direc­tor at AGree, an ini­tia­tive bring­ing togeth­er diverse inter­ests to trans­form food and agri­cul­tur­al pol­i­cy in he Unit­ed States. First pub­lished in 1999, Worlds Apart: Why Pover­ty Per­sists in Rur­al Amer­i­ca exam­ined the nature of pover­ty through the sto­ries of real peo­ple in three remote rur­al areas of the Unit­ed States: New Eng­land, Appalachia, and the Mis­sis­sip­pi Delta. In this sec­ond edi­tion, Dun­can returns to the com­mu­ni­ties she vis­it­ed 20 years ago to see what has changed and what has not.
Rural America
Creating and Maintaining the Plantation World in the Mississippi Delta