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Dancing In The Dark By Morris Dickstein

1484 words - 6 pages

Section ONE:
Ronald Reagan once said, “We fought a war on poverty, and poverty won.” I read the book, Dancing in the dark by Morris Dickstein. This book was about the great depression, and the impacts it had on American life. The traditional thought of poverty, people dying of hunger and people lying in the roads, has been erased. America has abolished poverty by the traditional standards but the thought of poverty and what it is has changed. In America we consider poverty to be spending all your money on bills, so you have no money left for food to feed your family. We consider poverty to be just being poor. One-Third of our population makes less than $38,000. This is not enough to be able to be above the poverty line. Anything below this “line” is considered being poverty. How do they decide this line? They take the cost of a very basic diet, and they multiply it by three, for a family of three. That being said, One-half of the jobs in America pay below $38,000 a year, so no wonder we are losing the war on poverty.
Will America ever end poverty and if so, how? I want to know the answer to this question, because this is the country I’m growing up in, I might become poor and then not be able to work my way out. Many hard working poor people feel like they are “in a hole that is 6 feet deep, and they cannot escape,” because they are working to pay their bills, not to buy food for their family. Peter Edelman said, “The Civil Rights Movement changed the course of history, and spread into the woman’s rights movement, the environmental act, and later the gay rights act movements, could we have said on the day before dawn of each that it would happen, let alone succeed?” Goals just need a completion date, or they will never be accomplished. Ending poverty means jobs for anyone who can/wants to work.

Section TWO:
I conducted my research by reading newspaper articles online, and reading Wikipedia, and asking people at my school about their opinions. I pretty much just read from cites online that were written by prestigious and studious people. The only local information I got was just asking people what their opinion was around the school. I didn’t go out into my community and ask people, I just stayed at mu school, and read newspaper articles online, and some other websites.
Section THREE:
It doesn’t matter how the poor got poor, whether it’s being born into it, or its getting fired and losing everything, a top priority of Jesus Christ was to help the poor, and we should do the same. Social Security, Food Stamps, and earned-income tax credit do not end poverty. They are large steps towards ending poverty but they are not the answers. Americans Solution to poverty hasn’t been to show the poor how to work; it’s been to work for the poor. We need to open up jobs that people want, and can, work. Not jobs that make us richer. The government; local, state, and federal, are not helping the poor, but nurturing them, by giving them what they need, and not...

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