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By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

ISBN-10: 0544303180

ISBN-13: 9780544303188

A revelatory account of poverty in the US so deep that we, as a rustic, don’t imagine it exists

Jessica Compton’s family members of 4 could haven't any money source of revenue until she donated plasma two times every week at her neighborhood donation middle in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago frequently haven't any nutrition yet spoiled milk on weekends. 


After twenty years of extraordinary examine on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted anything she hadn’t noticeable because the mid-1990s — families surviving on almost no source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, knowledgeable on calculating earning of the bad, to find that the variety of American households residing on $2.00 in line with individual, consistent with day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American families, together with approximately three million children. 


Where do those households dwell? How did they get so desperately negative? Edin has “turned sociology the wrong way up” (Mother Jones) together with her procurement of wealthy — and fair — interviews. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge. 


The authors remove darkness from a troubling pattern: a low-wage exertions marketplace that more and more fails to convey a dwelling salary, and a turning out to be yet hidden landscape of survival thoughts between America’s severe poor. More than a strong exposé, $2.00 an afternoon delivers new facts and new rules to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality. 




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A few had a housing subsidy. Most had at least one household member covered by some form of government-funded health insurance. Some received an occasional bag of groceries from a food pantry. But what was so strikingly different from a decade and a half earlier was that there was virtually no cash coming into these homes. Not only were there no earnings, there was no welfare check either. These families didn’t just have too little cash to survive on, as was true for the welfare recipients Edin and Lein had met in the early 1990s.

If welfare’s chief nemesis, Ronald Reagan, had failed, who possibly stood a chance? David Ellwood was comfortable in his role as Harvard professor. He had sharp blue eyes, a scruffy beard, and a slight wave to his hair when it needed a trim. He was the smart kid who came to Harvard for college and never left, landing his first job as a professor there right after graduate school. The son of an influential Minnesota physician (who is credited with inventing the concept of the health maintenance organization, or HMO), Ellwood was raised to be a shaper of policy.

She’s tired of falling further and further behind on her bills, tired of being a freeloader in her own home. With no cash coming in, the whole family is in hock to Susan’s absentee landlord, her great-grandmother, who charges each of her tenants a modest rent to cover the property taxes and supplement her Social Security check. Susan’s uncle has been scraping together just enough to pay the utilities with his slim earnings from the occasional side job fixing cars in the backyard. The whole household depends on Susan and Devin’s food stamp benefits in order to eat.

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