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A people's history of poverty in America

Author: Stephen Pimpare
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2011.
Series: New Press people's history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tens of millions of Americans currently live in poverty, more and more of them in extreme poverty. But the words we use to describe them tend to obscure rather than illuminate the human lives and real-life stories behind the statistics. A "sympathetic social history that allows poor people, past and present, to tell their own remarkable similar stories" (Booklist), A People's History of Poverty in America movingly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Pimpare
ISBN: 1595586725 9781595586728
OCLC Number: 705522811
Notes: Originally published in 2008.
Description: xii, 322 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : the indignant poor and the constants of relief --
Survive : my brother's keeper --
Sleep : a place to call home --
Eat : dumpster diving --
Work : (in)dependence --
Love : women and children first --
Respect : the price of relief --
Escape : black and blue --
Surrender : a culture of poverty? --
Resist : bread or blood --
Epilogue : poor math.
Series Title: New Press people's history.
Responsibility: Stephen Pimpare.

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Tens of millions of Americans currently live in poverty, more and more of them in extreme poverty. But the words we use to describe them tend to obscure rather than illuminate the human lives and real-life stories behind the statistics. A "sympathetic social history that allows poor people, past and present, to tell their own remarkable similar stories" (Booklist), A People's History of Poverty in America movingly brings to life poor people's everyday battles for dignity and respect in the face of the judgment, control, and disdain that are all too often the price they must pay for charity and government aid. Through prodigious research, Stephen Pimpare has unearthed poignant and often surprising testimonies and accounts that range from the early days of the United States to the complex social and economic terrain of the present. A work of sweeping analysis [this book] reminds us that poverty is not in itself a moral failure, though our failure to understand it may well be. -- Back cover.

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