The Other America

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The Other America.  Although the economy grew in the 1950s, not everyone experienced prosperity. Michael  Harrington's  The Other America  (1962) documented poverty in the United States and  revealed that, by 1960, 35 million Americans lived below the poverty line (defined as a  family of four with an annual income of less than $3,000). Despite the expansion of  Social Security, older Americans often lived in substandard housing with inadequate  food and medical care. Poverty crossed color lines, affecting whites in rural Appalachia,  Mexican-American migrant farm workers in the Southwest and California, Native  Americans on reservations, and inner-city minorities, including blacks and Puerto  Ricans.  Because poverty was not recognized as a national problem until the 1960s, federal 
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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