American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post by Eli Saslow

By Eli Saslow

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning assortment, Washington put up reporter Eli Saslow traveled around the kingdom over the process a year—from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee—to learn the private and political implications and repercussions of America's becoming foodstuff stamp program.

Saslow exhibits us the intense influence the coming of nutrition stamps has every month on a small town's suffering economic system, the tough offerings our representatives face in enforcing this $78-billion software affecting hundreds of thousands of usa citizens, and the demanding situations American households, senior voters, and youngsters come upon on a daily basis in making sure they've got sufficient, and occasionally even whatever to consume. those unsettling and eye-opening tales make for required analyzing, offering nuance and figuring out to the complicated issues of yankee poverty.

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To understand the retrenchment era of AFDC, one has to consider the historical conflicts that give rise to contemporary reversals. This survey begins with poverty discourses in StuartTudor England, which reveal the historical persistence of categories of deservingness. " The preachers of the Gospel of Wealth spoke eloquently of the benevolence of wealth and the ease of upward social mobility for the virtuous individual. The relief practices of the era told a different tale: public CROSS-PURPOSES AND DIVIDED POPULATIONS TJ frustration with the failures of poorhouses and orphanages contributed to the twentieth-century movement for mothers' pensions.

These competing aims have produced meager grants, exclusions of whole groups of people from the relief rolls, and strict rules for those who receive assistance. They also have produced tensions even in those cases where advocates have agreed upon categories of eligibility, as the basis of this eligibility has been advanced alternatively by claims of sympathy, need, duty, and right. Most often, eligibility has been supported through some combination of the first three non-rights claims. At times, right has emerged as a legitimate issue.

58 Proponents of mothers' pensions wanted the new laws to symbolize community support for what they believed were universal family norms. 59 This stemmed in part from their charity work in large cities, where the majority of recent immigrants settled. As with previous eras, their desire to help arose from feelings of compassion and perceived threats to the "American" family. Although he did not link his remarks to mothers' pensions, Theodore Roosevelt marked the acute national consciousness of immigration as a threat in a 1915 speech.

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