By Russell M. Lawson,Benjamin A. Lawson

How has the U.S. dealt, all through its lengthy background, with one of many worlds oldest difficulties? even though poverty has constantly been a part of the human event, societal reactions and responses to it were as various because the situation has been static. Poverty in the USA has its personal turbulent background of explanations, results, and treatments, from debtor's criminal to the warfare on Poverty, from Social Darwinism to foodstuff stamps. This in-depth encyclopedia covers the total historical past of yankee poverty from each angle—historical, social, cultural, political, religious, and literary. How has poverty been outlined in the US? What has been performed to avoid it? How have minority teams been affected? How has the church reacted? And what, if whatever, will be performed to do away with it? Poverty in America covers those matters in bright element, from the colonial interval to the commercial Revolution to the worldwide economic climate of the twenty first century. Impactful fundamental record excerpts from key sessions all through American background also are integrated, offering firsthand debts from each side of the difficulty. A chronology of occasions and an intensive bibliography around out this interesting work.

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