Half Title Page.
How to Use This Book.
General Questions about Poverty.
1: Have Poverty Levels Risen in Recent Decades in the United States?.
2: What Is the “Poverty Rate” and Does It Measure Poverty?.
3: Is the Current Poverty Rate Accepted by All Experts?.
4: Is the Poverty Rate in the United States High When Compared to Other Countries?.
The Causes of Poverty.
5: The Causes of Poverty: Does Unemployment Create Poverty?.
6: Do Low Wages Cause Poverty?.
7: Does Discrimination in the Workplace (and Elsewhere) Cause Poverty?.
8: Does Lack of Education and Skills Cause or Exacerbate Poverty?.
9: Does a Lack of Benefits from the Government and Employers Cause or Exacerbate Poverty?.
10: Does the Higher Cost of Living and Inflation of the Last Nearly Half-Century Cause or Exacerbate Poverty?.
Who Are the Poor?.
11: Which Ethnic and Racial Groups Are Most in Poverty in the United States?.
12: Which Age Groups Are Poorest in America?.
13: Are Women Poorer Than Men in the United States?.
14: Does Family Structure Affect Poverty?.
15: Does Where You Live—Urban, Rural, Suburban—Affect the Poverty Rate?.
16: How Does Poverty Differ Regionally Across the United States?.
What Are “Welfare” and “Social Welfare”?.
17: When Did Types of “Welfare” Begin in the United States?.
18: Has Aid to the Poor Always Been Controversial?.
19: How Big a Part of the U.S. Budget Is Spent on Social Welfare?.
20: What Are the Monetary Amounts of Individual Benefits From Social Welfare?.
21: Do People on Social Benefits Work?.
22: How Long Are Most People on Social Benefits?.
Controversies over “Welfare”.
23: Do Poor People Have Different Social Norms and Culture than Other Classes in America?.
24: Do People Lose Their Incentive to Work Because of “Welfare”?.
25: Are People on Welfare “Trapped in Dependency”?.
26: Is “Welfare Fraud” a Major Problem in the Social Welfare System?.
27: Why Do Some People Argue That “Everyone Gets Welfare” in the United States?.
28: Should There Be a Guaranteed Annual Income (or a “Basic Income” Asit Is Sometimes Called) as Proposed by Some Experts and Entertained by Both Parties in 1969–1972?.
Homelessness (and Hunger) in the United States.
29: Was There Always Homelessness in America?.
30: What Led to A Surge in Homelessness in Recent Decades in America?.
31: What Are the Characteristics of the Homeless Population by Age, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, and Other Attributes?.
32: How Successful Have Government Entities, Service Workers, and Others Been in Assisting Homeless People?.
33: Is There Hunger in the United States? If So, How Many People Suffer from Hunger or Related Problems?.
34: Can People Who Are Poor or Even Part of the Working Class Count on a Degree of Upward Mobility in Their Lives to Do Better Than Their Families?.
35: Is It True That America Hates Its Poor?.
About the Author.