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From the Publisher"Recommended for high school, public, and college libraries, especially those supporting a curriculum need."
"This is a two-volume encyclopedia containing 170 alphabetical, cross-referenced entries — from 'Jane Addams' to 'Works Progress Administration' — detailing historical aspects of governmental involvement in fighting poverty in the United States. The essays cover policy directives, legislations, important individuals, organizations, and concepts, including, to name just a few, the Black Panther Party, child abuse and poverty, the Civil Rights Movement, Eugene Debs, the earned income tax credit, the Family and Medical Leave Act, homeless shelters, Herbert Hoover, the Indian New Deal, labor unions, living-wage laws, Huey Long, the National Labor Relations Act, private charity, Margaret Sanger, segregation laws, teen pregnancy prevention, and vouchers. Also included are introductory essays describing poverty responses at the levels of local, state, federal, and tribal governments."
Reference & Research Book News
"…this scholarly guide will be useful to libraries supporting programs in governmental affairs and public policy."
Lawrence Looks at Books
"Recommended for college and public libraries."
"This is a useful information source for students, practitioners, and citizens in political science, education, justice studies, human rights, and social activism. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."
"Librarians should consider this set, as its historical perspective is extensive, its writing style clear, and its material is useful."
School Library Journal
"For a topic that may appear on the surface to be niche in scope, Sreenivasan ultimately delivers a useful and broadly applicable reference work."
Reference & User Services Quarterly
"Jyotsna Sreenivasan has written almost 700 pages on poverty and she has written them in a wonderfully clear and readable way….I can certainly commend this book as a workmanlike addition to the library shelves…"