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Invisible Americans : the tragic cost of child poverty

Author: Jeff Madrick
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"By official count, more than one out of every six American children live beneath the poverty line. But statistics alone tell little of the story. In Invisible Americans, Jeff Madrick brings to light the often invisible reality and irreparable damage of child poverty in America. Keeping his focus on the children, he examines the roots of the problem, including the toothless remnants of our social welfare system,  Read more...
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Madrick, Jeff,
Invisible Americans
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
(DLC) 2019022607
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Madrick
ISBN: 9780451494184 0451494180
OCLC Number: 1105737435
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Description: 231 pages : illustration ; 20 cm
Contents: Invisible Americans --
How poor children live --
American attitudes toward poverty --
The anti-welfare policy consensus --
The "culture of poverty" --
Racism and poverty --
Hardship and poverty --
Money matters --
The behavior of the poor is not the priority --
What to do --
Epilogue: Faith in the poor.
Responsibility: Jeff Madrick.

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"By official count, more than one out of every six American children live beneath the poverty line. But statistics alone tell little of the story. In Invisible Americans, Jeff Madrick brings to light the often invisible reality and irreparable damage of child poverty in America. Keeping his focus on the children, he examines the roots of the problem, including the toothless remnants of our social welfare system, entrenched racism, and a government unmotivated to help the most voiceless citizens. Backed by new and unambiguous research, he makes clear the devastating consequences of growing up poor: living in poverty, even temporarily, is detrimental to cognitive abilities, emotional control, and the overall health of children. The cost to society is incalculable. The inaction of politicians is unacceptable. Still, Madrick argues, there may be more reason to hope now than ever before. Rather than attempting to treat the symptoms of poverty, we might be able to ameliorate its worst effects through a single, simple, and politically feasible policy that he lays out in this impassioned and urgent call to arms"--

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