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African American and Mexican American Poverty in the Lower Mississippi Delta and the Texas Borderland

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The United States has several pockets of persistently poor counties, two of which are the Lower Mississippi Delta and the Texas Borderland. In the Lower Mississippi Delta counties, over 35 percent of the inhabitants are African American; and in the Texas Borderland counties, over 66 percent of the inhabitants are Mexican American. Together these two regions contained approximately half (48) of the 100 poorest counties in the nation in 1999. Our research focuses attention on the poverty patterns of African Americans in the Mississippi Delta and Mexican Americans in the Texas Borderland. This approach allows us to assess the extent to which there are commonalities in the relationships between selected determinants of poverty and cross-sectional poverty rates and longitudinal changes in poverty rates. Counties in the Mississippi Delta and Texas Borderland had higher poverty rates in 1999 than others located in the same states, particularly in the case of African Americans and Mexican Americans. Moreover, regardless of family type, African American and Mexican American families in each of the regions had poverty rates in 1999 that were at least twice as high as those of their white counterparts. Our research is expected to show similarities and differences in the kinds of explanations that best account for race- and ethnic-specific rates of poverty in the two areas.
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Poston, Dudley., Saenz, Rogelio. and Slack, Tim. "African American and Mexican American Poverty in the Lower Mississippi Delta and the Texas Borderland" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p125162_index.html>

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Poston, D. , Saenz, R. and Slack, T. "African American and Mexican American Poverty in the Lower Mississippi Delta and the Texas Borderland" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p125162_index.html

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Abstract: The United States has several pockets of persistently poor counties, two of which are the Lower Mississippi Delta and the Texas Borderland. In the Lower Mississippi Delta counties, over 35 percent of the inhabitants are African American; and in the Texas Borderland counties, over 66 percent of the inhabitants are Mexican American. Together these two regions contained approximately half (48) of the 100 poorest counties in the nation in 1999. Our research focuses attention on the poverty patterns of African Americans in the Mississippi Delta and Mexican Americans in the Texas Borderland. This approach allows us to assess the extent to which there are commonalities in the relationships between selected determinants of poverty and cross-sectional poverty rates and longitudinal changes in poverty rates. Counties in the Mississippi Delta and Texas Borderland had higher poverty rates in 1999 than others located in the same states, particularly in the case of African Americans and Mexican Americans. Moreover, regardless of family type, African American and Mexican American families in each of the regions had poverty rates in 1999 that were at least twice as high as those of their white counterparts. Our research is expected to show similarities and differences in the kinds of explanations that best account for race- and ethnic-specific rates of poverty in the two areas.

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