Winning the War on Poverty: Applying the Lessons of History to the Present, 1st Edition

  • Brian L. Fife
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  • ISBN-10: 144083282X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440832826
  • DDC: 339.4
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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American history is replete with efforts to alleviate poverty. While some efforts have resulted in at least partial success, others have not, because poverty is a multifaceted, complicated phenomenon with no simple solution. This book studies the history of poverty relief efforts in the United States dating to the nineteenth century, debunking misperceptions about the poor and tackling the problem of the ever-widening gap between the rich and poor. It highlights the ideological differences between liberal and conservative beliefs and includes insights drawn from a well-rounded group of disciplines including political science, history, sociology, economics, and public health. Premised on the idea that only the lessons of history can help policymakers to recognize that the United States has a persistent poverty problem that is much worse than it is in many other democracies, the book suggests an 18-point plan to substantively address this dilemma. Its vision for reform does not pander to any particular ideology or political party; rather, the objective of this book is to explain how the United States can win the war on poverty in the short term.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: What Is Poverty, and How Is It Measured?.
2: Historical Overview of Poverty-Relief Efforts in the United States.
3: The Widening Gap between Rich and Poor in the United States.
4: Liberal versus Conservative Beliefs about Poverty in an Individualist Capitalist System.
5: The Path to Welfare Reform: An 18-Point Plan.
About the Author.