The Book of the Poor: Who They Are, What They Say, and How To End Their Poverty

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This stirring work takes readers on a heartbreaking, illuminating, and inspiring journey into the homes and lives of the 16 percent who live below the poverty threshold. Author and retired Chicago Tribune reporter Kenan Heise culls 50 years of his published interviews with the poor and destitute to allow them to tell their own stories in their own voices to provide a sobering call to action. With full discussions on a myriad of topics—including the history of poverty, the use of drugs and alcohol among the poor, ...

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Overview

This stirring work takes readers on a heartbreaking, illuminating, and inspiring journey into the homes and lives of the 16 percent who live below the poverty threshold. Author and retired Chicago Tribune reporter Kenan Heise culls 50 years of his published interviews with the poor and destitute to allow them to tell their own stories in their own voices to provide a sobering call to action. With full discussions on a myriad of topics—including the history of poverty, the use of drugs and alcohol among the poor, the lasting result of Reaganomics, the importance of minimum wage, and the relationship between the media and the poor—The Book of the Poor provides clear and concrete steps that can be taken to end poverty in America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936863334
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenan Heise is an award-winning author and journalist as well as an inductee into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. A retired reporter, columnist, and staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, he served for 17 years as the editor of the “Action Line” column and for 15 years as the chief obituary writer. He is the author of 25 books, including He Writes About Us and They Speak for Themselves: Interviews with the Destitute of Chicago. He lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction x

Section 1 The Poor, You, and I

1 Are You Poor? 2

2 The Government's Invisible Helping Hand 7

3 Hurricane Katrina: The Really, Really Poor 11

4 The Cause of Death-Poverty 14

5 You 16

Section 2 They Speak for Themselves: An Oral History

6 The Poor and the Destitute 24

7 The Children of the Poor 28

8 Dumpster Diving 30

9 Sleeping Under the Viaduct 33

10 Drugs, Alcohol, and the Homeless 36

11 Reaganomics Put Women in Jail 39

12 The Heart of Chicago's Poorest Neighborhoods 43

13 Soup Kitchen Meals 47

14 Panhandlers on Chicago's Bridges 50

15 Hurtful Medicaid Cuts in Florida 56

16 Unemployed 61

17 Young, Jobless, and on the Streets 65

18 Our Fellow Americans in Prison 70

Section 3 Who Are the Poor?

19 Back When Both Parties Still Seemed to Care 73

20 The Working Poor 80

21 The "Undeserving" Poor 88

22 Those Who Cannot Afford Transportation 92

23 Poverty Among Hispanics 98

24 Race, Place, and Poverty 101

25 Native Americans Who Are Poor 104

Section 4 Let's Do Something

26 Social Security, Medicare, arid Medicaid 108

27 Are You Scared? 112

28 Jobs in Rebuilding America's Infrastructure 115

29 How the Poor Can Be the Stimulators the Economy Needs 120

30 Public Radio and the Poor 124

31 Starting from the Bottom Up: The Key to a Functioning Economy 126

32 Our "Evolving Standard of Decency" 129

Section 5 Prelude to the Future

33 Writing Off the Poor Helped the Confederacy Lose the Civil War 134

34 FDR's "The Forgotten Man" Address 140

35 Thank You, Depression-Era Generation 143

36 An Economic Bill of Rights 149

37 Initiating a War Against Poverty 153

38 Victory in the War on Poverty 157

Section 6 Some of the People and Organizations Taking Action to End Poverty

39 Half in Ten, Washington, DC 164

40 Eradicating Hunger and Undernutrition 168

41 Just Harvest, Pittsburgh, PA 171

42 A Minnesota Without Poverty, St. Paul, MN 173

43 The Annie E. Casey Foundation 176

44 Witnesses to Hunger, Philadelphia, PA 178

45 CLASP and Spotlight on Poverty 180

46 PolicyLink: Equity in Tomorrow's America 183

47 Ending World Poverty: Achievements and Shortfalls 188

Index 194

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