This collection of documents contextualizes the ways in which Americans have addressed the evolving challenges of poverty throughout U.S. history. Each document is accompanied by an analysis that both summarizes its content and considers its impact.
• Analyzes primary documents to provide useful context in such areas as labor law, health care, housing, and family assistance
• Emphasizes state and local responses to poverty from the Founding Fathers through the early 20th century
• Devotes a chapter to Native Americans and the Indian removal policies and reservation system
• Features legislation, reports, court cases, and speeches
• Includes sidebars that highlight individuals or events related to the relevant time period, a guide to related documents, a chronology, and a bibliography