Poverty in the United States

analytical Essay
1697 words
1697 words

Many reforms in the UnitedStates have been passed to help fight against the “War on Poverty”; but it has not been effective in eradicating poverty in the U.S. There are about 46 million people who are living in impoverished conditions and poverty continues to be a social issue in this country (Heritage Foundation, 2011) In the beginning, our country was formed under the belief that “this land is the land of opportunity and if we worked hard enough the American Dream can be gained” (Schwarz, 1997). People immigrate to this country today in hopes of becoming rich so they could gain a better life. In spite of coming to this country for a better life, many are faced with the lack of skills and money to succeed. In the end, most will end up in unskilled labor jobs that can barely support their families. Poverty continues to be a growing social issue because people have the “ inability to provide necessities like clothes, healthcare, and shelter” (Heritage Foundation, 2011) to help themselves and their family; therefore, many sacrifices have to be made to insure their survival. Yet many reforms made to help people living in poverty are based “off of outdated statistics” (Henslin, 2014, p.276) and are not enough to help the lower class maintain a sufficient standard of living. Poverty relates to conflict theory since the poor are struggling just to get by. Government programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance, and food stamps provided by the government are not enough to help the poor gain social mobility. In the 1960s, the government drew a poverty line which determined how the lower class may benefit from government aid. Since t “2008, th... ... middle of paper ... ...lusions.html Stewart, A. (2009, 23). NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR. The Culture Of Poverty : NPR. Retrieved January 23, 2014, from Sullivan, M. (2007, 7). Home / UCLA Newsroom. Working Families Rely Heavily on Retrieved February 6, 2014, from Weiss, L. (2009, 10). Center for American Progress. Unmarried Women Hit Hard by Poverty | Center for American Progress. Retrieved January 19, 2014, from Welcome to CHSBS! | Central Michigan University. Karl Marx. Retrieved January 27, 2014, from

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that many reforms in the united states have been passed to fight against the "war on poverty" but it has not been effective in eradicating poverty.
  • Explains that president johnson declared an "unconditional war against poverty" in 1964 and continues today. without these reforms, the population of poverty will triple.
  • Argues that class conflict is a classic struggle between capitalists and workers because there has always been an opposition between the two social classes in the us.
  • Explains that in the american society, the population is separated by social class, which distinguishes a person by their education, where they live, and socioeconomic ladder.
  • States that feminization of poverty has become common since "mother headed families" are common. according to center for american progress, single women make up 59% of people living in poverty today.
  • Argues that conflict theory relates to poverty because being poor limits success for people who want to live a better life in the future.
  • Cites shah, a. (2011, 12), global issues: social, political, economic, and environmental issues that affect us all.
  • Argues that the government's poverty line is flawed because it assumes how much a family spends and does not accurately include family resources.
  • Argues that people fall into poverty due to the culture of poverty, which is the belief that behaviors of a subculture are responsible for people to continue living in poverty.
  • Cites biddle, b.j., berliner, d.c. and cauthen, n.k.
  • Explains that barack obama's 'fight' to end poverty: rhetoric and reality is published in social science quarterly.
  • Cites schwarz, j.e., stewart, a. and sullivan, m.
  • Cites weiss, l. (2009, 10). center for american progress. unmarried women hit hard by poverty.
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