People's History of Poverty in America

People's History of Poverty in America

by Stephen Pimpare
     
 

Tens of millions of Americans currently live in poverty, more and more of them in extreme poverty. But the words we use to describe them tend to obscure rather than illuminate the human lives and real-life stories behind the statistics.

A “sympathetic social history that allows poor people, past and present, to tell their own remarkably similar

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Overview

Tens of millions of Americans currently live in poverty, more and more of them in extreme poverty. But the words we use to describe them tend to obscure rather than illuminate the human lives and real-life stories behind the statistics.

A “sympathetic social history that allows poor people, past and present, to tell their own remarkably similar stories” (Booklist), A People’s History of Poverty in America movingly brings to life poor people’s everyday battles for dignity and respect in the face of the judgment, control, and disdain that are all too often the price they must pay for charity and government aid.

Through prodigious research, Stephen Pimpare has unearthed poignant and often surprising testimonies and accounts that range from the early days of the United States to the complex social and economic terrain of the present. A work of sweeping analysis, A People’s History of Poverty in America reminds us that poverty is not in itself a moral failure, though our failure to understand it may well be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565849341
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
11/03/2008
Series:
New Press People's History Series
Pages:
322
Sales rank:
1,435,029
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Pimpare is the author of The New Victorians: Poverty, Politics, and Propaganda in Two Gilded Ages (The New Press).

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