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The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual
by Nancy Folbre
The War on the Poor counters attacks on the poor in the same lively, accessible style that made The New Field Guide to the U.S. Economy a cult classic. Using charts, graphs, and political cartoons, The War on the Poor presents topics including middle-class welfare, “family” values, child support, teen poverty, the minimum wage, the underclass, orphanages, health, hunger, c ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by The New Press
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The War on the Poor reads like a long pamphlet. It is about poverty in the US, but more particularly the economic warfare that both parties have waged on the poor by cutting and undermining social aid programs. Most of the book is set up in a myth-reality format, debunking an anti-poor conservative myth each page. There are lots of silly cartoons and illustrations, and the responses to each myth are short bullet points. The last chapters have extended text, but are still just very short essays o ...more