Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy follows the history of poverty in the United States with an emphasis on the 20th century, and examines the evolvement of public policy and the impact of critical movements in social welfare such as the New Deal, the War on Poverty, and, more recently, the “end of welfare as we know it.” Encompassing the contributions of hundreds of experts, including historians, sociologists, and political scientists, this resource provides a much broader level of information than previous, highly selective works.
With approximately 300 alphabetically-organized topics, it covers topics and issues ranging from affirmative action to the Bracero Program, the Great Depression, and living wage campaigns to domestic abuse and unemployment. Other entries describe and analyze the definitions and explanations of poverty, the relationship of the welfare state to poverty, and the political responses by the poor, middle-class professionals, and the policy elite.
- 300 A–Z entries on topics related to poverty and social welfare, including the political discovery of poverty, antipoverty policies, and debates about legislation
- Includes five introductory chronological essays covering U.S. poverty since the colonial era, giving a historical foundation to the entries in the book
- Contributions from over 200 distinguished scholars and experts
- Numerous illustrations and primary source documents dispersed throughout the work