The Other America

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 1, 1997 - Political Science - 231 pages
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When this book was first published in 1962, it was hailed as an explosive work and became a galvanizing force for the War on Poverty. The author shed light on the lives of the poor- from farm to city- and the social forces that relegated them to poverty. He was determined to make poverty in the United States visible, and his observations and analyses have had a profound effect on our country- from how we view the poor to the policies implemented to fight poverty. In the fifty years since it was published, this book has been established as a seminal work of sociology. This book is still all too relevant for today's America.
  

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Review: The Other America: Poverty in the United States

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Harrington portrays the plight of marginalized poor in the 1960's. I've heard that this revolutionary book has spurred the enactment of War on Poverty, and I can easily understand why. The aged ... Read full review

Review: The Other America: Poverty in the United States

User Review  - Anna Nowinski - Goodreads

Sad - but important. Have things really changed from the middle of last century? Read full review

Contents

The Invisible Land
1
Pastures of Plenty
39
If Youre Black Stay Back
61
Three Poverties
82
The Golden Years
101
The Twisted Spirit
121
Old Slums New Slums
139
Poverty in the Seventies
195
Poverty and the Eighties
215
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Harrington was the dean of American Socialism.