Locked in the Poorhouse: Cities, Race and Poverty in the United States / Edition 1

Locked in the Poorhouse: Cities, Race and Poverty in the United States / Edition 1

by Fred R. Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742509044

ISBN-13: 9780742509047

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Thirty years ago we had riots in the city streets. Then-President Johnson convened the Kerner Commission to examine the reasons why, and it concluded that the U.S. was 'moving towards two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal.' Today, the city streets are populated more variously and suffering more quietly, but more people in U.S. cities are poorer

Overview

Thirty years ago we had riots in the city streets. Then-President Johnson convened the Kerner Commission to examine the reasons why, and it concluded that the U.S. was 'moving towards two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal.' Today, the city streets are populated more variously and suffering more quietly, but more people in U.S. cities are poorer now than ever before. As this book shows, U.S. cities are becoming poorhouses for blacks and Hispanics, and city life incubates hopelessness borne of un- and underemployment, criminal victimization, and racial discrimination, especially against nonwhite males. In an update of the original Kerner Commission report, the high profile authors represented here say they know what works and what doesn't in solving the problems of minorities in the city. To close what has been called 'the millennium breach' between and among the races, we as a society must re-commit ourselves to basic principles and public and private programs geared toward more and better jobs, employment training, early childhood education and quality care, inner city economic development, and crime and drug prevention, among other priorities so essential to improving the quality of life for all in American cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742509047
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Kerner Report Thirty Years Later Chapter 3 Urban Poverty, Welfare Reform, and Child Development Chapter 4 Poverty as a Public Health Issue: Since the Kerner Report of 1968 Chapter 5 The New Urban Poverty: Consequences of the Economic and Social Decline of Inner-City Neighborhoods Chapter 6 Urban Poverty, Race, and the Inner City: The Bitter Fruit of Thirty Years of Neglect Chapter 7 Race, Violence, and Justice since Kerner Chapter 8 Racism and the Poor: Integration and Affirmative Action as Mobility Strategies Chapter 9 Policy for the New Millennium Chapter 10 Conclusion Chapter 11 Notes and Sources Chapter 12 Index

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