How Onetime Social Pillars Are Crumbling - PICTURES

April 19, 2012, 12:16 p.m.

The latest re­port in the Res­tor­a­tion Calls series ex­am­ines how the in­sti­tu­tions in Muncie, Ind. — dubbed Middletown by 20th-cen­tury so­ci­olo­gists — have let down the Amer­ic­ans who live there. 

“With few not­able ex­cep­tions, the na­tion’s one­time so­cial pil­lars are ill-equipped for the 21st cen­tury,” write Ron Fourni­er and Soph­ie Quin­ton in the Na­tion­al Journ­al cov­er story. 

This gal­lery takes a closer look at whom the sys­tem dis­ap­poin­ted: