The American Way of Poverty

ifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance. It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and the new working poor—tens of millions of people, their lives shaped by financial insecurity, paying the price for a fractured economy and an ever more dysfunctional political system.

In The American Way of Poverty, Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a more economically just social contract. Brilliantly updating Harrington’s classic, Abramsky’s book investigates key poverty issues from housing policy to wage protections to affordable higher education. Abramsky presents imaginative and pragmatic solutions that, taken as a whole, offer a blueprint for a reinvigorated attack on poverty.

Learn more on poverty in America by checking out our infographic, Tracking Poverty and Policy

Sasha Abramsky is Senior Fellow at Demos.  He is also a freelance journalist and a part-time lecturer in the University Writing Program, at the University of California at Davis. His work has appeared in the Nation, the Atlantic MonthlyNew York Magazine, the Village VoiceRolling Stone, and many other publications. In 2000 he was awarded an Open Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship.

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