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The Politics of Poverty in America:

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The Politics of Poverty in America:

Conflict and Change

“The poor ye have with ye always.”

“We are the people of the United States, in order to promote the general welfare.”

                                         Preamble, U.S. Constitution

Abstract

One of the nation’s most persistent and obstinate problem is poverty. Public- and private- sector endeavors notwithstanding, millions of Americans are impoverished. In this dissertation, I will examine America’s poverty in two sections. I begin by defining the problem. I pay particular attention to current debates over how the poor should be counted and equally important, what factors account for poverty in America. Once I define the problem, I look at the range of policies that have emerged over the last half-century briefly. In doing that I concentrate primarily on federal programs and its reforms.