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Child Poverty and Inequality: Securing a Better Future for America's Children

Duncan Lindsey


One of the United States' great promises is that all children will be given the opportunity to work in order to achieve a comfortable standard of living. That promise has faded profoundly for American children who have grown up in poverty, particularly black and Hispanic children, and many of the deepening fault lines in the social order are traceable to this disparity. In recent years the promise has also begun to fade for children of the American middle class. Education and hard work, once steady paths to economic success, no longer lead as far as they once did. But that does not have to be ... More

Keywords: child poverty, inequality, opportunity to work, standard of living, social order, middle class, education, economic success, opportunity, Great Depression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305449.001.0001


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Duncan Lindsey, editor