Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer's $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America PDF

By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

ISBN-10: 0544303180

ISBN-13: 9780544303188

ISBN-10: 0544303245

ISBN-13: 9780544303249

A revelatory account of poverty in the USA so deep that we, as a rustic, don’t imagine it exists

Jessica Compton’s relations of 4 may don't have any funds source of revenue until she donated plasma two times per week at her neighborhood donation heart in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago frequently don't have any nutrients yet spoiled milk on weekends. 


After 20 years of exceptional study on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted anything she hadn’t visible because the mid-1990s — families surviving on almost no source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, a professional on calculating earning of the terrible, to find that the variety of American households dwelling on $2.00 in step with individual, according to day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American families, together with approximately three million children. 


Where do those households reside? How did they get so desperately bad? Edin has “turned sociology the other way up” (Mother Jones) along with her procurement of wealthy — and honest — interviews. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge. 


The authors light up a troubling pattern: a low-wage hard work marketplace that more and more fails to carry a residing salary, and a transforming into yet hidden landscape of survival techniques between America’s severe poor. More than a strong exposé, $2.00 an afternoon delivers new proof and new principles to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality. 




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And got a number from the staff person who was on duty at the time. Finally, she reaches Modonna. ” Modonna shakes her head no. “Well, you’ll have to come back tomorrow,” she says. m.? Everyone knows you have to get here by at least 7:30, a full hour before the office opens. As the woman moves on, delivering the same grim message over and over, most people shuffle off. A few hold on to their places until they reach the front desk. Modonna sticks it out, just to see what will happen. Once she makes it to the front of the line, a carefully coiffed woman with eyes glued to a computer screen tells her that there are no appointments left today.

And even after throwing in any tax credits the household could have claimed in the prior year, plus the cash value of housing subsidies, the data still showed a 50 percent increase. Clearly, the nation was headed in the wrong direction. Reflecting on these numbers, we, Shaefer and Edin, sought out even more confirmation that what we had found represented a real shift in the circumstances of families at the very bottom. With this in mind, we began to look for other evidence, beyond the SIPP, of the rise of $2-a-day poverty.

6 million by 1962. Widowed mothers did move on to Social Security. But other single mothers—divorcées and women who had never been married—began to use the program at greater rates. There was wide variation in the amount of support offered across the states. In those with large black populations, such as Mississippi and Alabama, single mothers got nickels and dimes on the dollar of what was provided in largely white states, such as Massachusetts and Minnesota. And since the American public deemed divorced or never-married mothers less deserving than widows, many states initiated practices intended to keep them off the rolls.

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