Poverty in America

Poverty in America

by Milton Meltzer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With powerful eloquence, Meltzer combats the deep-rooted belief that the rich and poor ``get what each deserves'' and that hard work always pays off. He pounds at the distressing truthwe are a nation with a long, consistent history of inadequate attention to poverty. His perspective about myths is eye-opening: frontier days did not mean ample opportunity for economic success, and the New Deal did not help large numbers. Meltzer provides graphic descriptions of the children of poverty, and of middle-class people who have been thrust unexpectedly into poverty statistics because of job loss. The analysis of other groups is also far-reaching and up-to-the-moment, including the current plight of farmers and the impact of our export-import situation on American livelihoods. Meltzer tells sad tales of government stinginess, the feminization of poverty, and the harm economic shackling does to society as a whole. (12-up)
Library Journal
The latest of Meltzer's well-received books continues a tradition of summary surveys of political/social issues aimed at a young readership, although this work would be equally suitable for adults needing a simply written text. Poverty, a debilitating social as well as personal situation that crosses age, sex, and ethnic boundaries, is not limited to the inept or uneducated; the numbers are appallingly high for our generally affluent society. Meltzer firmly castigates certain American insitutionalized concepts that tend to perpetuate this situation; he reviews some existing ``help'' programs and suggests possible scenarios for change. A good current bibliography is included, although Robert Coles, who is quoted twice, does not appear therein. Overall, a reasonably balanced, readable presentation. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Agricultural and Technical Coll. Lib., Alfred

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