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Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it

Frank Stricker


This assessment of poverty and policy in the United States from 1950 to the present examines an era that has seen serious discussion about the causes of poverty and unemployment. Analyzing the War on Poverty, theories of the culture of poverty and the underclass, the effects of Reaganomics, and the 1996 welfare reform, it demonstrates that most antipoverty approaches are futile without the presence (or creation) of good jobs. The book notes that since the 1970s, U.S. poverty levels have remained at or above 11 percent, despite training programs and periods of economic growth. The creation of j ... More

Keywords: poverty, Reaganomics, jobs, unemployment, underclass, welfare reform, economic inequality, social programs, training programs, United States

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831113
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807882290_stricker


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Frank Stricker, author

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