Is poverty a fact of life? Can the wealthiest nation in the world do nothing to combat the steadily rising numbers of Americans living in poverty?or the 50 million Americans living in ?near poverty?? Senator John Edwards and some of the country?s most prominent scholars, businesspeople, and community activists say otherwise.
Published in conjunction with one of the country?s leading anti-poverty centers, Ending Poverty in America brings together some of America?s most respected social scientists, including William Julius Wilson, Katherine S. Newman, and Richard B. Freeman, alongside journalists, neighborhood organizers, and business leaders. The voices heard here are both liberal and conservative, and tackle hot-button issues such as job creation, schools, housing, and family-friendly social policy.
The contributors explain why poverty is growing and outline concrete steps that can be taken now to start turning the tide. In a political landscape seemingly bereft of daring and forward-thinking ideas, this new book lays out a path toward eliminating poverty in America?a template for a renewed public debate for an issue of intense urgency.
This is one of the great moral issues of our time. The day after Katrina hit, new government statistics showed that 37 million Americans live in poverty, up for the fourth year in a row.
?SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS
John Edwards is the director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. He practiced law for twenty years before serving as a senator from 1998?2004 and running for vice president in 2004. He holds an Alumni Distinguished Professorship at UNC. Marion Crain, the deputy director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, is the Paul Eaton Professor of Law at UNC. Arne L. Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.