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Author: Robert A. Liston
ISBN13: 978-0440002543
Title: The American Poor: A Report on Poverty in the United States,
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Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (October 1970)

The American Poor: A Report on Poverty in the United States, by Robert A. Liston

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The United States is considered the richest country in the world, and yet millions of its residents live in poverty. Poverty is measured in two ways – absolute poverty and relative poverty. Absolute poverty looks at the goods and services someone (or a family) cannot obtain. Approximately 1. million American children – 22 percent of the population younger than 18 – live in poverty. The rate for people 65 and older is . percent. Seven of the 10 states with the highest poverty rates in the . That includes Mississippi (2. % of population below the poverty line); Louisiana (20%), Kentucky (1. %), West Virginia (1. %), Arkansas (1. %), Alabama (1. %) and Georgia (16%) lead the way. The other three are all in the Southwest and include New Mexico (1. %), Arizona (1. %) and Oklahoma (1. %).

But, this book empowered Robert Kennedy’s demolished intent to improve the fabric of American society. Harrington believed it would take governmental planning and social investment to really deal with poverty. The American poor are often invisible to the mainstream. Charity and private pensions meet only a fraction of the poor’s needs. p. 119) The poor seem to suffer a greater percentage of mental illness. The poor are not like everyone else

The American poverty level and Welfare Reform Legislation go hand in hand. Gain a better understanding of Poverty in America here. Census Bureau counts the number of "poor" persons in the . In 2005, the Bureau found 37 million "poor" Americans. Last year, the Census Bureau released its annual report on poverty in the United States declaring that there were nearly 35 million poor persons living in this country in 2002, a small increase from the preceding year. To understand poverty in America, it is important to look behind these numbers to look at the actual living conditions of the individuals the government deems to be poor.

The fiscal burden of poverty on American cities. Which is not the most pertinent criteria. For a more complete picture of poverty in the United States, have a look at the articles on US welfare and the national poverty line. Don't miss the documentary above on Money, Power & the American Dream.

Poverty in the United States: 2008. 3 Among other features, TANF sets a five-year lifetime limit on receipt of federally funded cash assistance (allowing lower limits at state option), imposes strong work requirements, and allows states to impose sanctions reducing or denying benefits to families who fail to comply with program requirements. The Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds form the basis for statistical estimates of poverty in the United States. The thresholds are updated each year for changes in consumer prices.

Poverty is a state of deprivation, lacking the usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. The most common measure of poverty in the . is the "poverty threshold" set by the . This measure recognizes poverty as a lack of those goods and services commonly taken for granted by members of mainstream society. The official threshold is adjusted for inflation using the consumer price index.

Poverty In The United States. Although many of these people don't stay in poverty for a long period of time going in and out of poverty can effect not only the parents making the money, but also every other member of the family. With families going in and out of poverty, not staying on one side for very long, it is tough to say exactly how many of these people there are and where they are at.

This book was truly eye-opening to the poverty related problems present in our society. Although this book was written in 1962, it is astonishing how little has changed since then in regards to the improvement of the "other society" in America. Michael Harrington's magnum opus on poverty in the United States says right on the cover that it is "the book that sparked the War on Poverty. And it did. Kennedy gave this book to his advisors and green-lighted a plan to eradicate poverty in America three days before he was killed. Lyndon Johnson referenced this book when he made the War of Poverty a reality. Harrington, the great American socialist, painstakingly lays out the endemic poverty that secretly surrounds us, be it on the farm, in the city, with the young or the old. The book is full of figures, though they are mostly meaningless to modern readers, since nothing is adjusted for inflation.

Surely no one in the United States today is as poor as a poor person in Ethiopia or Nepal? As it happens, making such comparisons has recently become much easier. The World Bank decided in October to include high-income countries in its global estimates of people living in poverty. We can now make direct comparisons between the United States and poor countries.