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In this “accessible and inspiring analysis” (Angela Glover Blackwell), lifelong antipoverty advocate Peter Edelman assesses how the United States can have such an outsized number of unemployed and working poor despite important policy gains. He delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at young people of color for whom the possibility of productive lives is too often lost on the way to adulthood. In a timely new introduction, Edelman discusses the significance of Obama’s reelection—including the rediscovery of the word “poverty”—as well as the continuing attack on the poor from the right.
“Engaging and informative” (William Julius Wilson), “powerful and eloquent” (Wade Henderson), “a national treasure composed by a wise man” (George McGovern), and “a great source for summaries of our country’s antipoverty program” (Publishers Weekly), So Rich, So Poor is crucial reading for anyone who wants to understand the most critical American dilemma of the twenty-first century.
"Before we have one more discussion of how America can combat its persistent and growing levels of poverty, could everyone please read this book?"
"If you are a layperson, [So Rich, So Poor] is a chance to absorb more than you probably ever realized is at the heart of the fight against poverty; if you are someone who has long been involved in the fight against poverty, I have little doubt you will find new ideas, angles, or inspiration in these pages."
—Greg Kaufmann, The Nation
"[Edelman’s] compassionate and singular voice awakens our conscience and calls us to action."
1 A Snapshot of Our Current Mess 1
2 What We Have Accomplished 7
3 Why Are We Stuck? 25
4 Jobs: The Economy and Public Policy Go South (for Most of Us) 47
5 Deep Poverty: A Gigantic Hole in the Safety Net 81
6 Concentrated Poverty: "The Abandoned" 101
7 Young People: Improving the Odds 137
Posted September 22, 2012
I was assigned this book for a course in one of my Grad. school classes. This book gives a raw and open account of poverty in the United States. Parts of this book were infuriating to me because I could not believe some of the barriers put in place to restrict the impoverished from overcoming poverty. Exploitative power is shameful. Educational and Worth a read!!!
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Posted August 16, 2012