Families In Peril / Edition 1

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Overview

This book describes the overall and comparative status of black and white children and families in America; the unacceptable human and public costs that result from widespread child and family poverty; our nation's failure to invest adequately and preventively in all our young--black and white, poor and middle class alike; and much more.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post

A book that radiates passionate concern for the millions of children who have been shunted aside in the current prosperity and whose plight has only lately begun to receive political and journalistic attention...Families in Peril is a powerful and necessary document.
— Jonathan Yardley

Christian Science Monitor

This is a small, readable book with a large, urgent message—one that needs and deserves all the readers and attention it can get.
— Marilyn Gardner

Time

A leading advocate for young people...Edelman has ensured that even though the young cannot vote or make campaign contributions, they are not ignored in Washington...Senator Edward Kennedy described Edelman as the '101st Senator on children's issues...She has real power in Congress and uses it brilliantly.'
— Nancy Traver

Washington Post - Jonathan Yardley
A book that radiates passionate concern for the millions of children who have been shunted aside in the current prosperity and whose plight has only lately begun to receive political and journalistic attention...Families in Peril is a powerful and necessary document.
Christian Science Monitor - Marilyn Gardner
This is a small, readable book with a large, urgent message--one that needs and deserves all the readers and attention it can get.
Time - Nancy Traver
A leading advocate for young people...Edelman has ensured that even though the young cannot vote or make campaign contributions, they are not ignored in Washington...Senator Edward Kennedy described Edelman as the '101st Senator on children's issues...She has real power in Congress and uses it brilliantly.'
Harold Howe II
This book constitutes the most thorough and powerful presentation on behalf of poor children that I have ever read. It has the substance and rationale to awaken the national consciousness and should become a powerful influence on the thinking of Americans and their political leaders.
Library Journal
ook grew out of the 1986 W.E.B. DuBois Lectures given by Edelman, head of the Children's Defense Fund. Edelman emphasizes the abysmal situation of poor families and children, especially (but not only) black families in America, the national scope of the problem, and the mutuality of interest that calls for a solution. She believes strongly in the positive role of goverment policy vis a vis social change, the importance of fact finding, the necessity of understanding and working with manageable segments of the problem to effect and sustain immediate and long-term efforts essential to break the generational circle of povertyto ensure for America that all our children are healthy, educated, productive, and compassionate. Reasoned, practical, intensely earnest, this is highly recommended. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Agricultural & Technical Coll. Lib., Alfred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674292291
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1989
  • Series: W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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