The Migration of Diversity Beyond City Limits - PICTURES

May 18, 2012, 4 a.m.

The chan­ging demo­graph­ic land­scape in Amer­ica is giv­ing way to a growth of di­versity that’s be­com­ing a fa­mil­i­ar song in some rather un­ex­pec­ted places.

In small towns such as Mar­shall­town and Postville, both in Iowa, com­munit­ies grapple with a col­li­sion of cul­tures. In the cov­er story for the first is­sue of The Next Amer­ica, an ed­it­or­i­al ini­ti­at­ive by Na­tion­al Journ­al, Mari­bel Hast­ings takes a look at the ef­fects of di­versity in such places that have not his­tor­ic­ally ex­per­i­enced it.