Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Other America

Fifty years ago, Michael Harrington wrote The Other America, which chronicled the state of the American poor at that time. How important was the book? Well, it helped convinced the Johnson administration to launch the war on poverty. Now, the think tank Demos is marking the anniversary with a fascinating series of interactive charts on the current state of poverty in America by race, age, gender, education and family type. You can see them here.
To learn more about what has happened to poverty since The Other America, go here.