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Poverty and American National Priorities

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Mary Jo Bane and Lawrence M. Mead. Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty and Welfare Reform. (Brookings Institution Press, 2003).


Eric Gregory. Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship. (University of Chicago Press, 2008).


Susan Crawford Sullivan. Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty. (University of Chicago Press, 2011).


Susan Crawford Sullivan. "Unaccompanied Children in Churches: Low-Income Urban Single Mothers, Religion, and Parenting." Review of Religious Research, 50 (2): 157-175. 2008.


William Julius Wilson. The Bridge over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics. (University of California Press, 2001).


William Julius Wilson. When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor. (Vintage Books, 1997).


William Julius Wilson. The Truly Disadvantaged:The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. (University of Chicago Press, 1987).


William Julius Wilson. The Declining Significance of Race. (University of Chicago Press, 1980).


Delbert S. Elliott, Scott Menard, Bruce Rankin, Amanda Elliott, William Julius Wilson, and David Huizinga. Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods: Successful Development in Social Context. (Cambridge University Press, 2006).


Nazmun Ratna, Baiding Hu, and Ian MacDonald. "Economic Impact of Poverty and Social Isolation: an Exploration with US State Data". Eurasia Business and Economics Society, November 2012.


Brandon Vick, Kristine Jones, and Sophie Mitra. "Poverty and Psychiatric Diagnosis in the U.S.: Evidence from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey". Fordham University Department of Economics, November 2010.

Max Rose and Frank R. Baumgartner. "Framing the Poor: Media Coverage and US Poverty Policy, 1960-2008". Policy Studies Journal, 2012.




Jina Moore. "Below the line: Poverty in America". Christian Science Monitor, October 7, 2012.


See how much money people make in every neighborhood in every city in America with Rich Blooks, Poor Blocks


View the website for the Pew Economic Mobility Project.


U.S. Census Bureau. "Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011".


View the Pew Forum's summary conversation about Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty and Welfare Reform.