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 submit reporter Eli Saslow traveled around the state over the process a year—from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee—to study the non-public and political implications and repercussions of America's starting to be meals stamp program.

Saslow exhibits us the extreme impression the coming of foodstuff stamps has every month on a small town's suffering economic system, the tough offerings our representatives face in imposing this $78-billion application affecting thousands of usa citizens, and the demanding situations American households, senior voters, and youngsters come across on a daily basis in making sure they've got adequate, and infrequently even something to consume. those unsettling and eye-opening tales make for required interpreting, offering nuance and figuring out to the advanced issues of yank poverty.

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Homelessness was still at this time an ill-defined term used to discuss a range of social problems; it is not until twentieth-century social scientists start to use the term that it begins to take on a technical meaning for a clearly defined population. Addressing these social problems became integral to Catharine Beecher’s brand of Calvinism. ”64 For the Beecher sisters, the homeless were presumably those who either did not or could not cultivate a Christian home. They do discuss some of these homeless social types—pauper and criminal classes, fallen women, and orphan children, as well as tenement dwellers.

Dorothy Day), he argues against charity. It produces paupers, who are those whom we saw Riis earlier juxtaposing against the honest poor. These presumably dishonest products of alms giving are of the tribe of Ishmael81—in Chapter 2, we shall return to the significance of Ishmaelites in the discourse on homelessness. 82 While Riis dismisses the nether half as the “wrecks and the waste,”83 he does want to focus reform efforts on the other half. ’”87 His solution then ignores the workers’ demands for better wages, or the later Catholic Worker’s proposal for work not wages; he merely contends that business should slightly adjust earnings forecasts downward but should not give charity.

He became one of the most prominent spokespeople for reform. In its nascent appearance in American social thought, the term homeless began as a description of the tenement; Riis popularized the term and the tenement in his “battle with the slum,” through which the discourse on homelessness consolidated from urban vignettes into social science. The Fin-de-Siècle Homeless City O 27 By carrying the then-heavy photographic equipment through tenements, beer dives, police wards, and other poverty-stricken nooks, Riis gave a face to poverty like no one had done before him.

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