Rural Economic Transitions: a Case Study of Three Small American Towns - Timber to Tourism

Danielle Duffy is studying for a Master of Arts in history with a public history concentration at Western Carolina University. Her educational focus is on public policy and the intersection of environmental and labor history in rural America. She is currently working on a project comparing rural areas in Washington State, Western North Carolina, and Upper Michigan to explore the economic transitions from extractive to tourism industry and how these communities have sustained and reacted. Through this historical analysis Danielle hopes to define unique issues in rural America and propose reasonable solutions.