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Here are a few suggested books, videos, podcasts and interactive tools that will introduce you to the dimensions of poverty in American. Check back often as we are updating with new resources regularly.


Poverty in America

A Handbook, Third Edition

Author John Iceland provides a fresh look at patterns and trends in poverty and helps contextualize them.

Poorly Understood

What America Gets Wrong About Poverty

Authors Mark Robert Rank, Lawrence M. Eppard and Heather E. Bullock address and confront many of the most widespread myths pertaining to poverty.


Author Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads.

Nickel and Dimed:

Poverty, by America

Author Matthew Desmond examines why the U.S. has more poverty than other rich nations.

The Queen

The Forgotten Life Behind
an American Myth

Author Josh Levin exposes and reports on how the 1974 story of Linda Taylor, that once shaped the nation's conscience,
was clouded by racism and lies.

The Sum of Us

What Racism Costs Everyone and
How We Can Prosper Together.

Author Heather McGhee  offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.

On (Not) Getting By In America

Author Barbara Ehrenreich sets out to document the daily struggles of America’s working poor. Having trained as a biologist, she decides to do fieldwork: in three different U.S. cities, she takes minimum-wage jobs and looks for affordable places to live.





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