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The injustice of place : uncovering the legacy of poverty in America

Summary: "Three of the nation's top scholars, known for tackling key mysteries about poverty in America, turn their attention from the country's poorest people to its poorest places. Based on a fresh, data-driven approach, they discover that America's most disadvantaged communities are not the big cities that get the most notice. Instead, nearly all are rural. Little if any attention has been paid to these places or to the people who make their lives there. This revelation set in motion a five-year journey across Appalachia, the Cotton and Tobacco Belts of the Deep South, and South Texas. Immersing themselves in these communities, pouring over centuries of local history, attending parades and festivals, the authors trace the legacies of the deepest poverty in America, including inequalities shaping people's health, livelihoods, and upward social mobility for families. Wrung dry by powerful forces and corrupt government officials, the "internal colonies" in these regions were exploited for their resources and then left to collapse. The unfolding revelation in The Injustice of Place is not about what sets these places apart, but about what they have in common: a history of raw, intensive resource extraction and human exploitation. This history and its reverberations demand a reckoning and a commitment to wage a new War on Poverty, with the unrelenting focus on our nation's places of deepest need"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780063239494
  • ISBN: 0063239493
  • ISBN: 9780063239524
  • ISBN: 0063239523
  • ISBN: 9780063239500
  • Physical Description: print
    343 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-326) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- America's internal colonies -- Separate, unequal -- Nothing to do here but drugs -- A tradition of violence -- Little kingdoms -- The invisible hand -- Revolt and retribution -- The sins of our fathers -- Healing America's internal colonies -- Appendix A: The history and theory of internal colonies -- Appendix B: The index of deep disadvantage.
Subject: Poverty United States
Rural poor United States
Cities and towns United States
United States Economic conditions Regional disparities
United States Economic conditions
Cities and towns United States

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