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Instructions For The Week:1. Next week we will be looking at the growth of economic inequality in America over the lastfour decades. Begin reading the last book of this semester, Barbara Ehrenreich'sNickle andDimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,which is about a journalists experiment in the 1990strying to support herself on minimum wage jobs. Read the first half, and as you read, considerthe following questions.a. Aside from the low pay, how specifically is low wage work different from ‘middle class’jobs? What are specific examples of things in the book that low wage workers have to put upwith that is not typical of middle-class jobs?b. What does it mean to be poor? What specific examples/evidence in the book resonate with,or changed your ideas about poverty, or what it means to be poor?c. What specific factors discussed in the book keep people in low wage jobs? Why is it hardfor people in low wage jobs to escape poverty?2. 1968 was a tragic and chaotic year that witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.and Democratic presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy, whose older brother, JFK, had also beenassassinated. Watch and read about Bobby Kennedy's impromptu address on the murder of MLK(15m).3. I have argued that the Antiwar Movement was controversial even among those Americans whobelieved that the war was a mistake. Watch the portion ofBerkeley in the Sixtiesthat deals withthe antiwar movement (the rest of the documentary, which deals with the free speech movement,the women's movement, and the Black Power Movement, is fantastic, but optional) (40m) . Asyou watch, consider the following questions:
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