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The Other America

The Other America

  • Author: Michael Harrington
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 068482678X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 231
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Presents the original report on poverty in America that led President Kennedy to initiate the federal poverty program

Coming of Age in the Other America

Coming of Age in the Other America

  • Author: Stefanie DeLuca,Susan Clampet-Lundquist,Kathryn Edin
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
  • ISBN: 1610448588
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 318
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Recent research on inequality and poverty has shown that those born into low-income families, especially African Americans, still have difficulty entering the middle class, in part because of the disadvantages they experience living in more dangerous neighborhoods, going to inferior public schools, and persistent racial inequality. Coming of Age in the Other America shows that despite overwhelming odds, some disadvantaged urban youth do achieve upward mobility. Drawing from ten years of fieldwork with parents and children who resided in Baltimore public housing, sociologists Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin highlight the remarkable resiliency of some of the youth who hailed from the nation’s poorest neighborhoods and show how the right public policies might help break the cycle of disadvantage. Coming of Age in the Other America illuminates the profound effects of neighborhoods on impoverished families. The authors conducted in-depth interviews and fieldwork with 150 young adults, and found that those who had been able to move to better neighborhoods—either as part of the Moving to Opportunity program or by other means—achieved much higher rates of high school completion and college enrollment than their parents. About half the youth surveyed reported being motivated by an “identity project”—or a strong passion such as music, art, or a dream job—to finish school and build a career. Yet the authors also found troubling evidence that some of the most promising young adults often fell short of their goals and remained mired in poverty. Factors such as neighborhood violence and family trauma put these youth on expedited paths to adulthood, forcing them to shorten or end their schooling and find jobs much earlier than their middle-class counterparts. Weak labor markets and subpar postsecondary educational institutions, including exploitative for-profit trade schools and under-funded community colleges, saddle some young adults with debt and trap them in low-wage jobs. A third of the youth surveyed—particularly those who had not developed identity projects—were neither employed nor in school. To address these barriers to success, the authors recommend initiatives that help transform poor neighborhoods and provide institutional support for the identity projects that motivate youth to stay in school. They propose increased regulation of for-profit schools and increased college resources for low-income high school students. Coming of Age in the Other America presents a sensitive, nuanced account of how a generation of ambitious but underprivileged young Baltimoreans has struggled to succeed. It both challenges long-held myths about inner-city youth and shows how the process of “social reproduction”—where children end up stuck in the same place as their parents—is far from inevitable.

The Other American The Life Of Michael Harrington

The Other American The Life Of Michael Harrington

  • Author: Maurice Isserman
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN: 9780786752805
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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"Most Americans first heard of Michael Harrington with the publication of The Other America, his seminal book on American poverty. Isserman expertly tracks Harrington's beginnings in the Catholic Worke"

President of the Other America

President of the Other America

Robert Kennedy and the Politics of Poverty

  • Author: Edward R. Schmitt
  • Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
  • ISBN: 1558499040
  • Category: History
  • Page: 324
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Robert Kennedy's abbreviated run for the presidency in 1968 has assumed almost mythical proportions in American memory. His campaign has been romanticized because of its tragic end, but also because of the foreign and domestic crises that surrounded it. Yet while most media coverage initially focused on Kennedy's opposition to the Vietnam War as the catalyst of his candidacy, another issue commanded just as much of his attention. That issue was poverty. Stumping across the country, he repeated the same antipoverty themes before college students in Kansas and Indiana, loggers and women factory workers in Oregon, farmers in Nebraska, and business groups in New York. Although his calls to action sometimes met with apathy, he refused to modify his message. "If they don't care," he told one aide, "the hell with them." As Edward R. Schmitt demonstrates, Kennedy's concern with the problem of poverty was not new. Although critics at the time accused him of opportunistically veering left in order to outflank an unpopular president, a closer look at the historical record reveals a steady evolution rather than a dramatic shift in his politics.

Lives on the Edge

Lives on the Edge

Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America

  • Author: Valerie Polakow
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226671840
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 232
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One out of five children, and one out of two single mothers, lives in destitution in America today. The feminization and "infantilization" of poverty have made the United States one of the most dangerous democracies for poor mothers and their children to inhabit. Why then, Valerie Polakow asks, is poverty seen as a private issue, and how can public policy fail to take responsibility for the consequences of our politics of distribution? Written by a committed child advocate, Lives on the Edge draws on social, historical, feminist, and public policy perspectives to develop an informed, wide-ranging critique of American educational and social policy. Stark, penetrating, and unflinching in its first-hand portraits of single mothers in America today, this work challenges basic myths about justice and democracy.

The Other America

The Other America

Caribbean Literature in a New World Context

  • Author: J. Michael Dash
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • ISBN: 9780813917641
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 197
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A wide-ranging work that explores two centuries of Caribbean literature from a comparative perspective. While haunted by the need to establish cultural difference and authenticity, Caribbean thought is inherently modernist in its recognition of the interplay between cultures, brought about by centuries of contact, domination, and consent.

The American Way of Poverty

The American Way of Poverty

How the Other Half Still Lives

  • Author: Sasha Abramsky
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • ISBN: 1568587260
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 368
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Abramsky shows how poverty - a massive political scandal - is dramatically changing in the wake of the Great Recession.

Educating the Other America

Educating the Other America

Top Experts Tackle Poverty, Literacy, and Achievement in Our Schools

  • Author: Susan B. Neuman
  • Publisher: Brookes Pub
  • ISBN: 9781557669063
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 356
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A passionate call to action for improving education of children in poverty

There Are No Children Here

There Are No Children Here

The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America

  • Author: Alex Kotlowitz
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0307814289
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 336
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This is the moving and powerful account of two remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex disfigured by crime and neglect. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Other Slavery

The Other Slavery

The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

  • Author: Andrés Reséndez
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0544602676
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 448
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“Long-awaited and important . . . No other book before has so thoroughly related the broad history of Indian slavery in the Americas.”—San Francisco Chronicle “A necessary work . . . [Reséndez’s] reportage will likely surprise you.”—NPR “One of the most profound contributions to North American history.”—Los Angeles Times Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of Natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors. Reséndez builds the incisive case that it was mass slavery—more than epidemics—that decimated Indian populations across North America. Through riveting new evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, and Indian captives, The Other Slavery reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see. “Beautifully written . . . A tour de force.”—Chronicle of Higher Education

The other America

The other America

art and the labour movement in the United States

  • Author: Philip Sheldon Foner,Reinhard Schultz
  • Publisher: Journeyman Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 176
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Who Cares for our Children?

Who Cares for our Children?

The Child Care Crisis in the Other America

  • Author: Valerie Polakow
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • ISBN: 0807775924
  • Category: Education
  • Page: N.A
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Valerie Polakow spent a year traveling around the country listening to low-income women from diverse backgrounds tell their stories of struggle, resilience, distress, and occasional success as they encountered ongoing child care crises. The resulting work is both a compelling account of the lived realities of the child care crisis, and an incisive critique of public policy that points to the United States as an outlier in the international community. Drawing on historical and international perspectives, Polakow creates a groundbreaking analysis of child care as a human right, persuasively arguing for a universal child care system. “Who Cares for Our Children? is one of the most disturbing books I have read in a long time. It should have a major impact on debates over poverty and social policy.” —From the Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed “In this beautifully written and provocative volume, Polakow deftly steps aside and lets real mothers, struggling against the odds to keep their families safe and sound, speak for themselves about what they need. This book delivers a timely message: Child care should be viewed as a human right.” —Martha F. Davis, Northeastern University School of Law “A collection of moving and often chilling personal narratives. . . . Who Cares for Our Children? is a powerful and well-documented analysis of the worlds of low-income families.” —Beth Blue Swadener, Arizona State University “Thoroughly researched and grounded in a heartfelt sympathy for the struggles of families . . . that face such painful choices and dilemmas in meeting the needs of their children.” —James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

The Other One Percent

The Other One Percent

Indians in America

  • Author: Sanjoy Chakravorty,Professor of Political Science Devesh Kapur,Nirvikar Singh
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190648740
  • Category:
  • Page: 384
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One of the most remarkable stories of immigration in the last half century is that of Indians to the United States. People of Indian origin make up a little over one percent of the American population now, up from barely half a percent at the turn of the millennium. Not only has its recent growth been extraordinary, but this population from a developing nation with low human capital is now the most-educated and highest-income group in the world's most advanced nation. The Other One Percent is a careful, data-driven, and comprehensive account of the three core processes-selection, assimilation, and entrepreneurship-that have led to this rapid rise. This unique phenomenon is driven by-and, in turn, has influenced-wide-ranging changes, especially the ongoing revolution in information technology and its impact on economic globalization, immigration policies in the U.S., higher education policies in India, and foreign policies of both nations. If the overall picture is one of economic success, the details reveal the critical issues faced by the immigrants stemming from the social, linguistic, and class structure in India, the professional and geographic distribution in the U.S., the simultaneous expressions of pan-Indian and regional identities and simultaneous leadership in high-skill industries (like computers and medicine) and low-skill industries (like hospitality and retail trade), and the multi-generational challenges of a diverse group from the world's largest democracy fitting into its oldest.

The Radical King

The Radical King

  • Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 0807034525
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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A revealing collection that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X “The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies. . . . The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution—a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens. . . . Could it be that we know so little of the radical King because such courage defies our market-driven world?” —Cornel West, from the Introduction Every year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became perhaps the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than forty years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. Arranged thematically in four parts, The Radical King includes twenty-three selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, that illustrate King's revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism. As West writes, “Although much of America did not know the radical King—and too few know today—the FBI and US government did. They called him 'the most dangerous man in America.' . . . This book unearths a radical King that we can no longer sanitize.” From the Hardcover edition.

Perspectives on the 'other America'

Perspectives on the 'other America'

Comparative Approaches to Caribbean and Latin American Culture

  • Author: Michael Niblett,Kerstin Oloff
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9042027045
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 270
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Uniting critical writing on novels, poetry, painting, and ritual, this volume takes a regional approach to the cultures of the Caribbean Basin. Ranging across the linguistic spectrum of the area, it examines cultural production from the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanophone islands, Suriname and the Guyanas, and 'Latin' and Central America. The interdisciplinary nature of the collection and the challenge it poses to the balkanization of the region within academic discourse will make it of especial interest to students and scholars of the Caribbean. Inspired by the category of the 'Other America' as developed by Édouard Glissant, the book offers a series of original and stimulating engagements with topics that include nationalism, migration and exile, landscape and the environment, gender and sexuality, and Postcolonial Studies and 'world literature'. In addition to contributions by leading scholars such as Peter Hulme, Theo D'haen, and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, it contains interviews with two renowned novelists from the region, Lawrence Scott and Mayra Santos-Febres. Underpinning the collection is an interrogation of received ideas of the nation-state and a suggestion that regionalism might provide a better optic through which to view the circum-Caribbean – that national consciousness, in other words, must always also be a regional consciousness.

The Other America

The Other America

  • Author: Lana Santorelli
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781401079819
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 552
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The Other America is an epic drama of an extraordinary family: of Rosa and Giovanni Manzino who flee Sicily for New York at the turn of the century and their eldest son Gino who carries a secret legacy and builds an empire in the New World. Through five generations, in the fields of Sicily, the streets of New York and the mansions of Connecticut, Santorelli gives us a world of passionate intensity a world where men carve out new space for themselves and women hold new sway a world both murderous and merciful, born of violence and sacrifice, deceit and love. Letter to the Reader I have always been a person who has questioned and it has gotten me into trouble many a time, with my elders and with those who profess to know. There were times when I felt I was a wild horse and others were trying to break me. Thank God I had the sense to keep fighting. It was not expected in my family that I would write. My parents were born at the turn of the century and life in our neighborhood in Italian Harlem was limited. Few received even a high school education. Our social circle was strictly limited to a small circle of friends and family who lived within a few square blocks. Strangers were treated with distrust and girls especially unmarried ones were watched over by uncles, aunts, friends and neighbors. Although my mother, Anna DeGeorge, never imagined more for me than marriage and family, she was a true storyteller who set my soul aflame with tales of her early childhood and passionate adventures. I was a young girl when I left my mother's house for my husband's and I had only a mile to walk to get there. Looking up, I saw a sky filled with shadows from clouds barely moving, as if the world was still. A voice inside whispered to me that no matter what others said or expected, my journey would take me far beyond these short blocks. For years, I had tried to be like the other girls. But on that moonlit night, windless and calm, my own power began to rise up in me. I began a life-long marriage of another kind, one with my own destiny and my own choices. I now have a wonderful marriage, six children and three grandchildren. I have had a rich, fulfilling life, filled with travel and dreams coming true. Yet sometimes over the years, I have found myself longing for something more missing something I could not name. I felt such guilt for this. "What kind of person am I, who has such an extraordinary life, not to be always grateful for it?" I asked myself. My husband would say s

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

  • Author: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0679763880
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 622
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Presents an epic history that covers the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s, chronicling the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families.

Towards the "Other America": Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter

Towards the

  • Author: Chris Crass
  • Publisher: Chalice Press
  • ISBN: 9780827237094
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 196
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Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people. In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his "notes to activists," Chris Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter. Crass has collected lessons and vibrant examples of this work from rural working class communities in Kentucky and Maine, mass direct action in Wisconsin and New York, faith-based efforts among Jewish communities, Unitarian Universalists, and the United Church of Christ, and national efforts like Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Jewish Voice for Peace. "

A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

1492-Present

  • Author: Howard Zinn
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317325303
  • Category: History
  • Page: 744
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This is a new edition of the radical social history of America from Columbus to the present. This powerful and controversial study turns orthodox American history upside down to portray the social turmoil behind the "march of progress". Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of - and in the words of - America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of America's greatest battles - the fights for fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality - were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through the Clinton years A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, is an insightful analysis of the most important events in US history.

The Next America

The Next America

Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

  • Author: Paul Taylor,Pew Research Center
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN: 1610396685
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past. America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use. Today’s Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they’d hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future. Every aspect of our demography is being fundamentally transformed. By mid-century, the population of the United States will be majority non-white and our median age will edge above 40—both unprecedented milestones. But other rapidly-aging economic powers like China, Germany, and Japan will have populations that are much older. With our heavy immigration flows, the US is poised to remain relatively young. If we can get our spending priorities and generational equities in order, we can keep our economy second to none. But doing so means we have to rebalance the social compact that binds young and old. In tomorrow’s world, yesterday’s math will not add up. Drawing on Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century.