eBook Rich and Poor in America: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1598840576
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840575
  • DDC: 339.20973
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
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  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released August 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008
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Overview

In the United States today, the net worth of the Forbes 400 richest Americans increased by $120 billion in the last year, yet nearly 20 percent of households have zero or negative net worth. This is just one indication of a three-decade-long increase in the gap between rich and poor that is on the minds of the public, politicians, the media, economists, and activists.

Rich and Poor in America: A Reference Handbook provides an in-depth analysis of -- and possible solutions for -- the growing disparity between those at the top of the economic ladder and everyone else, a disparity that has reached its highest level since the 1920s.

Expertly researched and written, Rich and Poor in America explores a wide range of explanations for the trend that undercuts the U.S.'s "Land of Opportunity" image, including heavy immigration, weakening labor unions, globalization, and technological change. Separate chapters look at the issue chronologically and from a global perspective, while biographical sketches provide fascinating portraits of some of the "winners" in our winner-take-all society, as well as leading scholars and activists working on this issue.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Foreword.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: Horatio Alger Jr. (1832–1899).
7: Anne L. Alstott (b. 1963).
8: Warren E. Buffett (b. 1930).
9: John Bates Clark (1847–1938).
10: Chuck Collins (b. 1960).
11: Marian Wright Edelman (b. 1939).
12: John Edwards (b. 1953).
13: Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941).
14: Victor R. Fuchs (b. 1924).
15: William H. Gates III (b. 1955).
16: Corrado Gini (1884–1965).
17: Hetty Green (1834–1916).
18: Dolores Huerta (b. 1930).
19: Jonathan Kozol (b. 1936).
20: Simon Kuznets (1901–1985).
21: Bhashkar Mazumder (b. 1966).
22: Sara S. McLanahan (b. 1940).
23: Mollie Orshansky (1915–2006).
24: John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937).
25: Paul G. Schervish (b. 1946).
26: Thomas M. Shapiro (b. 1947).
27: Michael Sherraden (b. 1948).
28: Ronald J. Sider (b. 1939).
29: Timothy M. Smeeding (b. 1948).
30: Samuel Walton (1918–1992).
31: Richard Wilkinson (b. 1943).
32: Edward N. Wolff (b. 1946).
33: Data and Documents.
34: Inequality and the American Public: The Maxwell School Survey.
35: California Kids Investment and Development Savings (KIDS) Accounts.
36: Ben Bernanke on U.S. Income Inequality.
37: Pay without Performance: The Great CEO Guarantee.
38: Are CEOs Overpaid?.
39: The Estate Tax ‘Recycles’ Opportunity.
40: Being Profitable Is Giving Back.
41: Andrew Carnegie on What to Do with a Fortune [1889].
42: Giving Back, Big Time: The Carnegie-Buffett Connection.
43: Being Poor.
44: Directory of Organizations.
45: Selected Print and Nonprint Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Author.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Foreword.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: Horatio Alger Jr. (1832–1899).
7: Anne L. Alstott (b. 1963).
8: Warren E. Buffett (b. 1930).
9: John Bates Clark (1847–1938).
10: Chuck Collins (b. 1960).
11: Marian Wright Edelman (b. 1939).
12: John Edwards (b. 1953).
13: Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941).
14: Victor R. Fuchs (b. 1924).
15: William H. Gates III (b. 1955).
16: Corrado Gini (1884–1965).
17: Hetty Green (1834–1916).
18: Dolores Huerta (b. 1930).
19: Jonathan Kozol (b. 1936).
20: Simon Kuznets (1901–1985).
21: Bhashkar Mazumder (b. 1966).
22: Sara S. McLanahan (b. 1940).
23: Mollie Orshansky (1915–2006).
24: John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937).
25: Paul G. Schervish (b. 1946).
26: Thomas M. Shapiro (b. 1947).
27: Michael Sherraden (b. 1948).
28: Ronald J. Sider (b. 1939).
29: Timothy M. Smeeding (b. 1948).
30: Samuel Walton (1918–1992).
31: Richard Wilkinson (b. 1943).
32: Edward N. Wolff (b. 1946).
33: Data and Documents.
34: Inequality and the American Public: The Maxwell School Survey.
35: California Kids Investment and Development Savings (KIDS) Accounts.
36: Ben Bernanke on U.S. Income Inequality.
37: Pay without Performance: The Great CEO Guarantee.
38: Are CEOs Overpaid?.
39: The Estate Tax ‘Recycles’ Opportunity.
40: Being Profitable Is Giving Back.
41: Andrew Carnegie on What to Do with a Fortune [1889].
42: Giving Back, Big Time: The Carnegie-Buffett Connection.
43: Being Poor.
44: Directory of Organizations.
45: Selected Print and Nonprint Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Author.