The Book of the Poor; Who They Are, What They Say, and How To End Their Poverty

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  • Copyright: 2012-11-19
  • Publisher: Marion Street Pr
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This stirring work takes readers on a heartbreaking, illuminating, and inspiring journey into the homes and lives of the 16 percent who live below the poverty threshold. Author and retired Chicago Tribunereporter Kenan Heise culls 50 years of his published interviews with the poor and destitute to allow them to tell their own stories in their own voices to provide a sobering call to action. With full discussions on a myriad of topicsincluding the history of poverty, the use of drugs and alcohol among the poor, the lasting result of Reaganomics, the importance of minimum wage, and the relationship between the media and the poor The Book of the Poorprovides clear and concrete steps that can be taken to end poverty in America.

Author Biography

Kenan Heise is an award-winning author and journalist as well as an inductee into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. A retired reporter, columnist, and staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, he served for 17 years as the editor of the “Action Line” column and for 15 years as the chief obituary writer. He is the author of 25 books, including He Writes About Us and They Speak for Themselves: Interviews with the Destitute of Chicago. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. x
The Poor, You, and I
Are You Poor?p. 2
The Government's Invisible Helping Handp. 7
Hurricane Katrina: The Really, Really Poorp. 11
The Cause of Death-Povertyp. 14
Youp. 16
They Speak for Themselves: An Oral History
The Poor and the Destitutep. 24
The Children of the Poorp. 28
Dumpster Divingp. 30
Sleeping Under the Viaductp. 33
Drugs, Alcohol, and the Homelessp. 36
Reaganomics Put Women in Jailp. 39
The Heart of Chicago's Poorest Neighborhoodsp. 43
Soup Kitchen Mealsp. 47
Panhandlers on Chicago's Bridgesp. 50
Hurtful Medicaid Cuts in Floridap. 56
Unemployedp. 61
Young, Jobless, and on the Streetsp. 65
Our Fellow Americans in Prisonp. 70
Who Are the Poor?
Back When Both Parties Still Seemed to Carep. 73
The Working Poorp. 80
The "Undeserving" Poorp. 88
Those Who Cannot Afford Transportationp. 92
Poverty Among Hispanicsp. 98
Race, Place, and Povertyp. 101
Native Americans Who Are Poorp. 104
Let's Do Something
Social Security, Medicare, arid Medicaidp. 108
Are You Scared?p. 112
Jobs in Rebuilding America's Infrastructurep. 115
How the Poor Can Be the Stimulators the Economy Needsp. 120
Public Radio and the Poorp. 124
Starting from the Bottom Up: The Key to a Functioning Economyp. 126
Our "Evolving Standard of Decency"p. 129
Prelude to the Future
Writing Off the Poor Helped the Confederacy Lose the Civil Warp. 134
FDR's "The Forgotten Man" Addressp. 140
Thank You, Depression-Era Generationp. 143
An Economic Bill of Rightsp. 149
Initiating a War Against Povertyp. 153
Victory in the War on Povertyp. 157
Some of the People and Organizations Taking Action to End Poverty
Half in Ten, Washington, DCp. 164
Eradicating Hunger and Undernutritionp. 168
Just Harvest, Pittsburgh, PAp. 171
A Minnesota Without Poverty, St. Paul, MNp. 173
The Annie E. Casey Foundationp. 176
Witnesses to Hunger, Philadelphia, PAp. 178
CLASP and Spotlight on Povertyp. 180
PolicyLink: Equity in Tomorrow's Americap. 183
Ending World Poverty: Achievements and Shortfallsp. 188
Indexp. 194
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