The Rich and the Rest of Us is the next step in the journey that began with "The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience." Smiley and West’s 18-city bus tour gave voice to the plight of impoverished Americans of all races, colors, and creeds. With 150 million Americans persistently poor or near poor, the highest numbers in over five decades, Smiley and West argue that now is the time to confront the underlying conditions of systemic poverty in America before it’s too late.
By placing the eradication of poverty in the context of the nation’s greatest moments of social transformation— such as the abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage, and the labor and civil rights movements—ending poverty is sure to emerge as America’s 21st‑century civil rights struggle.
As the middle class disappears and the safety net is shredded, Smiley and West, building on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., ask us to confront our fear and complacency with 12 poverty changing ideas. They challenge us to re-examine our assumptions about poverty in America—what it really is and how to eliminate it now.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Portrait of Poverty 13
Chapter 2 Poverty of Opportunity 41
Chapter 3 Poverty of Affirmation 71
Chapter 4 Poverty of Courage 95
Chapter 5 Poverty of Compassion 117
Chapter 6 Poverty of Imagination 137
Chapter 7 A Poverty Manifesto 169
About the Authors 221
Smiley - CA; West - NJ