Rural Poverty

A Painted House by John GrishamA Painted House
Grisham, John
Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers -- and two very dangerous men -- came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born ... and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives -- and change his family and his town forever.... "From the Paperback edition." Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
American Pictures: A Personal Journey Through the American Underclass by Jacob HoldtAmerican Pictures: A Personal Journey Through the American Underclass
Holdt, Jacob
The Geography of American Poverty: Is There a Need for Place-Based Policies by Mark PartridgeThe Geography of American Poverty: Is There a Need for Place-Based Policies
Partridge, Mark
Will local economic growth, complete with place-based economic supports, reduce persistent poverty in the US? Partridge (rural-urban policy, Ohio State U,) and Rickman (regional economic analysis, Oklahoma State U.) make a case for closely considering a spatial dimension in the relationship between economic performance and poverty. They track regional economic performance and its theoretical relationship to poverty, including the impacts of migration and commuting and rural labor demand, then analyze state poverty trends in terms of both welfare reform and economic growth. They offer case studies from Alabama, Minnesota, New Jersey and Washington, then work down to counties, building an empirical model, and to metropolitan areas and disparities in central cities and suburbs. With a case study from Nebraska they describe poverty in rural America, and close with recommendations about fighting poverty by considering closely where it occurs. Annotation #169;2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Rural Crime and Poverty: Violence, Drugs, and Other Issues by Jean FordRural Crime and Poverty: Violence, Drugs, and Other Issues
Ford, Jean
What do these regions have in common: the Appalachian Mountains; the Deep South; the shores of the Rio Grande; Midwest flatlands; North Central prairies; the glacial plains of Alaska and Canada; northern forests and islands? They're all rural, but these areas share far more than being "out in the sticks." Each region is home to real teenagers; each has pockets of chronic poverty; and they all struggle with crime. We've all heard about city crime-but what about crime in rural America? This book will tell you what it's really like to live rurally, in poverty, from the mouths of teens who live it every day. When we learn about other people's lives, we can learn a little bit more about ourselves. Book jacket. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Rural Dimensions of Welfare Reform by Bruce WeberRural Dimensions of Welfare Reform
Weber, Bruce
Weber (Rural Policy Research Institute), Greg Duncan (Joint Center for Poverty Research), and Leslie Whitener (Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture) present 16 contributions to a joint research conference jointly sponsored by their respective organizations. The papers explore the rural dimensions of poverty in the wake of the passage of the welfare reform (or "welfare deform," as critics have dubbed it) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Contributors find that while the legislation has been successful in the goal of caseload reduction, it has been considerably less successful in areas of poverty reduction and providing for peoples needs. They recommend policy initiatives that make jobs pay a reasonable wage and maintain or even reinstate parts of the social safety net. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
The Dispossessed: America's Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present by Jacqueline JonesThe Dispossessed: America's Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present
Jones, Jacqueline
The Dispossessed masterfully demonstrates that "poverty has a history" (not simply a psychopathology) and that the U.S. economy has produced many underclasses (not just the one we see on TV). Jones, a Brandeis University professor who has written two previous studies of African American history, blends oral histories, government reports, contemporary journalism, and a wealth of local, regional, and national historical and sociological research to trace, from 1860 to the present, the ways black and white southern workers struggled for a decent life, and the economic developments and political decisions that marginalized and displaced all too many of them. Using the past to illuminate the present, Jones has written a well-documented and convincing study of a subject with critically important public policy implications. The Dispossessed should appeal to readers concerned about current economic and political issues as well as to serious history buffs. (Reviewed Mar. 15, 1992)0465001270Mary Carroll From: Syndetics Solutions, Inc. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Broken Heartland: The Rise of America's Rural Ghetto by Osha DavidsonBroken Heartland: The Rise of America's Rural Ghetto
Davidson, Osha
Between 1940 and the mid 1980s, farm production expenses in America's Heartland tripled, capital purchases quadrupled, interest payments jumped tenfold, profits fell 10 percent, the number of farmers decreased by two-thirds, and nearly every farming community lost population, businesses, and economic stability. Growth for these desperate communities has come to mean low-paying part-time jobs, expensive tax concessions, waste dumps, and industrial hog farming, all of which come with environmental and psychological price tags. In Broken Heartland, Osha Gray Davidson chronicles the decline of the Heartland and its transformation into a bitterly divided and isolated regional ghetto. Through interviews with more than two hundred farmers, social workers, government officials, and scholars, he puts a human face on the farm crisis of the 1980s. In this expanded edition, Davidson emphasizes the tenacious power of far-right-wing groups; his chapter on these burgeoning rural organizations in the original edition of Broken Heartland was the first in-depth look - six years before the Oklahoma City bombing - at the politics of hate they nurture. He also spotlights NAFTA, hog lots, sustainable agriculture, and the other battles and changes over the past six years in rural America. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.