Bibliographic Details

Poverty and the government in America : a historical encyclopedia / [edited by] Jyotsna Sreenivasan.

Imprint Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2009.
Description 2 v. (xiv, 682, I-17 p.) : ill. ; 26 cm.
Language English
Subject Poverty -- Government policy -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Public welfare -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Poverty -- Government policy.
Public welfare.
United States.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Sreenivasan, Jyotsna.
ISBN 9781598841688 (hardcopy : alk. paper)
1598841688 (hardcopy : alk. paper)
9781598841695 (ebook)
1598841696 (ebook)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

Sreenivasan, a scholar and author of books about social justice, edits a succinct, evenhanded encyclopedia that is neutral and nonjudgmental, letting readers determine from the facts whether programs that the US government planned (or that were proposed to it) have worked to alleviate poverty and suffering. The book includes a good index, essays about the effect of different levels of government (local, state, federal, and tribal), excerpts from some 40 primary documents, and entries on various people and programs tried throughout US history. More than 170 entries include cross-references, suggested readings, and relevant Web sites. The closest comparable reference might be Poverty in the United States (CH, Jun'05, 42-5642), ed. by G. Mink and A. O'Connor. Though many recent works about government and poverty present material that reflects their authors' own views of poverty eradication, Sreenivasan neither touts nor heavily criticizes programs. Neither does she offer solutions sponsored by one group or another; instead she presents research that should enable people to reach their own conclusions and decide on their own agendas. This is a useful information source for students, practitioners, and citizens in political science, education, justice studies, human rights, and social activism. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. J. Q. Vance Walla Walla Community College

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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