Maine Public staff

Why do those who have the least in our country seem to be more patriotic than those with the most? That was a question Bates College sociology professor Francesco Duina asked and then set out to find the answer to by interviewing more than 60 individuals in two states, Alabama and Montana.

Duina spoke with people of all ages and backgrounds who had one thing in common: they were poor. Duina’s findings, which he shared with Maine Calling’s Jennifer Rooks, are the subject of his new book “Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country.”