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The Other America

The Other America

Author: Michael Harrington

Year Published: 1962

Description: The Other America drew upon years of sociological and economic research to explore the reasons for cyclical poverty and marginalization among certain groups, including children, the elderly, and racial and ethnic minorities. Arguing that up to one-quarter of Americans were living in poverty at the time of its publication, it is believed to have influenced Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" and the development of several of the largest federal benefit programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and expanded social security benefits.

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