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Lives on the Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America

One out of five children, and one out of two single mothers, lives in destitution in America today. The feminization and “infantilization” of poverty have made the United States one of the most dangerous democracies for poor mothers and their children to inhabit. Why then, Valerie Polakow asks, is poverty seen as a private issue, and how can public policy fail to take responsibility for the consequences of our politics of distribution? Written by a committed child advocate, Lives on the Edge dra

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ABC News Nightline America’s Working Poor

ABC News tells the story of Chris Merchant, who makes .50 an hour at an herb-packing plant. His fiance Eryn makes about a week as a baby-sitter, when she’s not taking care of their own two boys, aged one and three. The pair’s combined household income amounts to ,000 a year — below the federal poverty line. Even with housing assistance, Medicaid for the kids, and occasional help from a social services agency, the Merchants live with the fear of becoming destitute. They talk about a sen

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