What are the causes of poverty?

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On Some Streets

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Reading

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Sarah Cortez is a teacher, poet, and police officer who often writes about her experiences on the force. Her poem “On Some Streets,” describes streets where people so not welcome…

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State of the Union Address, 1964

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Reading

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In his 1964 State of the Union Address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declares an “unconditional war on poverty in America,” recommending the most federal support in American history for education,…

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Nickel and Dimed

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Reading

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In her New York Times best-selling book, Nickel and Dimed (2001), journalist and activist Barbara Ehrenrich moves from Florida to Maine to Minnesota to explore “low-wage America,” working for poverty-level…

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Waiting for Superman

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Video

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The 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman, directed by Davis Guggenheim (director of An Inconvenient Truth) analyzes the future of public education in America and discusses high school drop-out factories where over 40%…