Poverty & Race in America: The Emerging Agendas

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Collected in this volume are the best articles and symposia from Poverty & Race, the bimonthly newsletter journal of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), a Washington, D.C.-based national public interest organization founded in 1990. Poverty & Race in America includes works originally published between mid-2001 and 2005, many of which have been updated and revised. The contributors represent the best of progressive thought and activism on America's two most salient, and seemingly intractable, domestic problems-race and poverty. Divided into topical sections, this volume considers the issues of race, poverty, housing, education, health, and democracy. Poverty & Race in America is especially concerned with the links between and among these areas, both for purposes of analysis and policy prescriptions. Featuring a foreword by Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., this edited collection will be of great interest to policy-makers and human rights activists and will hopefully stimulate creative thought and action to bring an end to racism and poverty.
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Editorial Reviews

Frances Fox Piven
Chester Hartman has put together a collection of incisive essays that explore the multiple dimensions of the intersection between race and class in the United States, and the public policies that both sustain and reflect race and class hierarchies. This is certain to be a valuable resource, both for teachers and for activists and advocates in the policy wars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739114193
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chester Hartman is Director of Research at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Whites swim in racial preference 3
Ch. 2 Diversity over justice 7
Ch. 3 Remembrance and change in Philadelphia, Mississippi 9
Ch. 4 Sundown towns 15
Ch. 5 Minority exclusion in small town America 20
Ch. 6 Skewing democracy : where the census counts prisoners 25
Ch. 7 Language as oppression : the English-only movement in the United States 29
Ch. 8 Apologies/reparations 38
Ch. 9 Organizing for reparations : lessons from the Holocaust 43
Ch. 10 Race literacy quiz 49
Ch. 11 Reverse discrimination quiz 52
Ch. 12 From poverty to social exclusion : lessons from Europe 57
Ch. 13 The ethno/racial context of poverty in rural and small town America 71
Ch. 14 Concentration of poverty declined in the 1990s 79
Ch. 15 The living wage : a progressive movement in action 82
Ch. 16 Children get Social Security, too 89
Ch. 17 The benefit bank 93
Ch. 18 Race, poverty and shared wealth 96
Ch. 19 Race, poverty and the estate tax 103
Ch. 20 Race, poverty and "economic development" gone haywire 111
Ch. 21 Poverty quiz 116
Ch. 22 Why housing mobility? : the research evidence today 121
Ch. 23 Racial disparities in housing and health 130
Ch. 24 A national Gautreaux program : a symposium 137
Ch. 25 The power and limits of place : new directions for housing mobility and research on neighborhoods 168
Ch. 26 Democracy's unfinished business : federal policy and the search for fair housing, 1961-68 173
Ch. 27 Some lessons from Brown for the fair housing movement 178
Ch. 28 Race, poverty and homeowner insurance 183
Ch. 29 The CLT model : a tool for permanently affordable housing and wealth generation 189
Ch. 30 Predatory lending : undermining economic progress in communities of color 194
Ch. 31 Housing quiz 199
Ch. 32 The O'Connor project : intervening early to eliminate the need for racial preferences in higher education 203
Ch. 33 Why is school reform so hard? 211
Ch. 34 Socioeconomic school integration : a symposium 215
Ch. 35 Schools and the achievement gap : a symposium
Ch. 36 High classroom turnover : how some children get left behind 269
Ch. 37 Race, poverty and special education : apprenticeships for prison work 273
Ch. 38 Race, poverty and virtual learning 278
Ch. 39 Race, poverty and residential schools 282
Ch. 40 Race, poverty and community schools 288
Ch. 41 Education quiz 296
Ch. 42 What works : a fifty-year retrospective 301
Ch. 43 Why is HHS obscuring a health care gap? 304
Ch. 44 Race, poverty and new strategies to control the obesity epidemic 307
Ch. 45 The contribution of black-white health differences to the academic achievement gap 311
Ch. 46 Eliminating the slave health deficit : using reparations to repair black health 320
Ch. 47 Health quiz I 331
Ch. 48 Health quiz II 334
Ch. 49 From slave republic to constitutional democracy : the continuing struggle for the right to vote 339
Ch. 50 Voting right for immigrants 351
Ch. 51 Bringing American democracy to America's capital 357
Ch. 52 The birth of the white corporation 362
Ch. 53 Democracy quiz 369
Ch. 54 Race, poverty and hunger 373
Ch. 55 Race, poverty and youth development 381
Ch. 56 Race poverty and LGBT youth 387
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