This paper provides a historical overview of rural America. To understand the dynamics of rural areas today, we have to understand how they evolved. Demographic trends, economic factors, and government policies have all contributed to the current state of development in rural areas. The impact of each of these aspects has shaped and influenced rural areas in their own unique way. This paper examines the role of all three aspects. a definition of rural is also included.
Curley, J. (2005). Rural America: Historical overview (CSD Working Paper No. 05-53). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.