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The Underclass

Ken Auletta

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Ken Auletta's The Underclass proposes to uncover who constitutes the poorest of Americans, and how they might best be aided by government and industry. Auletta, a staff writer at The New Yorker, focuses primarily on the very poor students attending basic skills classes through the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), a Manhattan-based antipoverty nonprofit that had been having good results helping members of the "underclass" become working members of society. For contrasting examples, he also explores the extreme poverty of whites living in Appalachia and rural blacks in Mississippi. The problems he finds are complex, but not necessarily intractable. How many people constitute "the underclass" What role does race play Who is responsible for the problem of poverty in America Readers who ask these questions will find answers, and much to debate, in this well-researched study.

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