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Economy in The 1960s Looking at the Past Through the Lens of Economy The Other America In 1962, Michael Harrington published The Other America , a shocking expose of poverty and want in the United States. Thoroughly researched, the book chronicled the plight of “the unskilled workers, the migrant farm workers, the aged, the minorities, and all of the others who live in the economic underworld of American life.” 17 The book had an immediate impact. More than 70,000 people bought the first edition, including President John F. Kennedy. 18 Described as shocking but necessary reading, the book drew a curious and telling response. After all, poverty was hardly new. Many of the people and regions so powerfully described by Harrington were not recently impoverished. For the tenant farmers of the rural South, the isolated occupants of Appalachia, and struggling immigrants of northeastern ghettoes, poverty was not a new condition. But what was new was the degree of affluence that surrounded these pockets of poverty; what was new was the extent and type of material comfort enjoyed by most Americans. Real, desperate poverty, set against this backdrop, represented a
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