The Other America



The Other America In the fifty years since it was published, The Other America has been established as a seminal work of sociology This anniversary edition includes Michael Harrington s essays on poverty in the 1970s and 80s as well as a new introduction by Harrington s biographer, Maurice Isserman This illuminating, profoundly moving classic is still all too relevant for today s America.When Michael Harrington s masterpiece, The Other America, was first published in 1962, it was hailed as an explosive work and became a galvanizing force for the war on poverty Harrington shed light on the lives of the poor from farm to city and the social forces that relegated them to their difficult situations He was determined to make poverty in the United States visible and his observations and analyses have had a profound effect on our country, radically changing how we view the poor and the policies we employ to help them. Best Download The Other America By Michael Harrington For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 252 pages
  • The Other America
  • Michael Harrington
  • English
  • 17 August 2018
  • 068482678X

8 thoughts on “The Other America

  1. Scott Rhee says:

    In 1962, a small book was published to some acclaim by a political scientist named Michael Harrington The book, entitled The Other America Poverty in the United States , shocked the rather small audience that actually read the book with the premise that nearly one fourth of the United States population was living at or below the poverty line.It was shocking to the reading audience of the time because a national dialogue about poverty did not even exist, outside academic circles of In 1962, a small book was published to some acclaim by a political scientist named Michael Harrington The book, entitled The Other America Poverty in the United States , shocked the rather small audience that actually read the book with the premise that nearly one fourth of the United States population was living at or below the poverty line.It was shocking to the reading audience of the time because a national dialogue about poverty did not even exist, outside academic circles of political scientists and social scientists who actually studied poverty issues Most, if not all, Americans believed that the U.S was swimming in wealth and that Americans were not lacking in luxury and leisure For ro...

  2. Tom Darrow says:

    One quote pretty much sums up the theme of this book America has the best dressed poverty in the World Americans often don t think about poverty They see the occasional bum on a street corner and assume that he must be a drunk or otherwise irresponsible They never bother ...

  3. Erik Graff says:

    Entering Grinnell College with a year s credit already accumulated in high school, I enrolled in courses that were actually interesting, figuring requirements were secondary A whole host of such classes were offered under the rubric of Social Science as special topics The first I took was one on the welfare system of the U.S.A taught by a former social worker who had just come to our school.If the Welfare class had a central text, it was Harrington s The Other America But perhaps Entering Grinnell College with a year s credit already accumulated in high school, I enrolled in courses that were actually interesting, figuring requirements were secondary A whole host of such classes were offered under the rubric of Social Science as special topics The first I took was one on the welfare system of the U.S.A taught by a former social worker who had just come to our school.If the Welfare class had a central text, it was Harrington s The Other America But perhaps it was because I knew of Harringto...

  4. Mason McCloskey says:

    This book was truly eye opening to the poverty related problems present in our society Although this book was written in 1962, it is astonishing how little has changed since then in regards to the improvement of the other society in America This book provided powerful insight in the present problems, their cause, and how they can be fixed, which highlighted how simple a plan can seem on paper, yet implementing that plan into society requires a concern for the culture in the impoverished area This book was truly eye opening to the poverty related problems present in our society Although this book was written in 1962, it is astonishing how little has changed since then in regards to the improvement of the other society in America This book provided powerful insight in the present problems, their cause, and how they can be fixed, which highlighted how simple a plan can seem on paper, yet implementing that plan into s...

  5. Maureen says:

    Michael Harrington s magnum opus on poverty in the United States says right on the cover that it is the book that sparked the War on Poverty And it did Kennedy gave this book to his advisors and green lighted a plan to eradicate poverty in America three days before he was killed Lyndon Johnson referenced this book when he made the War of Poverty a reality Clocking in at only 170 pages, this relatively short book delivered a powerful message for the poor The closing lines of the book sum i Michael Harrington s magnum opus on poverty in the United States says right on the cover that it is the book that sparked the War on Poverty And it did Kennedy gave this book to his advisors and green lighted a plan to eradicate poverty in America three days before he was killed Lyndon Johnson referenced this book when he made the War of Poverty a reality Clocking in at only 170 pages, thi...

  6. Brett says:

    As many others have pointed out, the most depressing aspect of this book is that so little has changed since it s publication in 1962 Despite the dozens of underfunded social programs, despite growing public consciousness of poverty, despite the good and bad times that have come and gone, the underclass of desperately poor individuals and families remains with us as much now as ever The Other America is the book that inspired the War on Poverty and launched a thousand discussions in sociology As many others have pointed out, the most depressing aspect of this book is that so little has changed since it s publication in 1962 Despite the dozens of underfunded social programs, despite growing public consciousness of poverty, despite the good and bad times that have come and gone, the underclass of desperately poor individuals and families remains with us as much now as ever The Other America is the book that inspired the War on Poverty and launched a thousand discussions in sociology classes about the cause and nature of poverty, and it is certainly a compelling read Harrington, the great American socialist, painstakingly lays out the endemic poverty that secretly surrounds us, be it on the farm, in the city, with the young or the old The book is full of figures, though they are mostly meaningless to modern readers, since nothing is adjusted for inflation But the thing that seems most relevant is that Harrington reminds us th...

  7. Jon says:

    I read this book in collegethan 40 years ago Harrington s exposure of poverty in Appalachia and other parts of the U.S was a stark revelation in the early 1960 s This book significantly influenced the anti poverty programs later in the decade Ironically, Harrington at the time was the head of the United States Socialist Party.Thinking about the Other America inspired me many times during a 37 year career with the U.S Department of Labor I plan to include this book and its I read this book in collegethan 40 years ago Harrington s exposure of poverty in Appalachia and other parts of the U.S was a stark revelation in the early 1960 s This book significantly influenced the anti poverty programs later in the decade Ironically, Harrington at the time was the head of the United States Socialist Party.Thinking about the Other America inspired me many times during a 37 year career with the U.S De...

  8. Aman says:

    One would think that this book is would be outdated but its not Even though it first published in 1968 it is very relevant to the present.

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