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Applying lessons from history to the reality of poverty today in the United States—the most affluent country in the world—this book analyzes contributing factors to poverty and proposes steps to relieve people affected by it.
American history is replete with efforts to alleviate poverty. While some efforts have resulted in at least partial success, others have not, because poverty is a multifaceted, complicated phenomenon with no simple solution. Winning the War on Poverty studies the history of poverty relief efforts in the United States dating to the nineteenth century, debunking misperceptions about the poor and tackling the problem of the ever-widening gap between the rich and poor. It highlights the ideological differences between liberal and conservative beliefs and includes insights drawn from a well-rounded group of disciplines including political science, history, sociology, economics, and public health.
Premised on the idea that only the lessons of history can help policymakers to recognize that the United States has a persistent poverty problem that is much worse than it is in many other democracies, the book suggests an 18-point plan to substantively address this dilemma. Its vision for reform does not pander to any particular ideology or political party; rather, the objective of this book is to explain how the United States can win the war on poverty in the short term.
- Merges theory, real-life stories, and data analysis for a comprehensive view of poverty
- Addresses poverty in the United States through an interdisciplinary approach
- Offers proactive measures to reduce the U.S. poverty level
- Emphasizes the value of learning from history to stop mistakes that can still be avoided
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"Fife has produced an insightful and compelling volume. It is richly grounded in history, grapples with both technological and ideological issues related to poverty in the United States, and presents innovative and concrete recommendations for anti-poverty policy. It is sure to stimulate new thinking and debate in the field."