By Eli Saslow
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning assortment, Washington put up reporter Eli Saslow traveled around the state over the process a year—from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee—to study the non-public and political implications and repercussions of America's turning out to be nutrients stamp program.
Saslow exhibits us the extreme effect the arriving of nutrients stamps has every month on a small town's suffering financial system, the tough offerings our representatives face in enforcing this $78-billion application affecting thousands of usa citizens, and the demanding situations American households, senior voters, and kids come upon on a daily basis in making sure they've got sufficient, and occasionally even something to consume. those unsettling and eye-opening tales make for required studying, offering nuance and figuring out to the complicated issues of yankee poverty.
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While the depression destroyed many capitalists, it also served to concentrate markets, production, and therefore wealth into the hands of fewer corporations. For workers, the depression precipitated a desperate struggle merely to maintain wage employment, a struggle that mocked any dreams of independent ownership. While Americans never agreed on what precisely the term meant, the notion of the “producing classes” lent a coherent sense of partnership to capital and labor. Now that partnership seemed torn.
Middle-class perceptions of crisis in the Gilded Age also mirrored earlier panics over vagrancy. The factors generating concern about the “vagrant mode of life” in the antebellum period also fueled the tramp scare of the s: the struggles between the propertied and unpropertied over the uses of public space, fears about the growth of a propertyless proletariat, and anxieties about the loss of traditional social controls in American cities. ” But, to borrow again from Scripture, American homelessness was a house of many mansions, and the great army of tramps possessed numerous features distinguishing it from previous groups of the migrant poor.
Where and how did they travel? Why did some poor Americans hit the road while others stayed put? 8 As for the larger culture, what was its response to this new tramp army? How did middle-class observers explain its rather sudden appearance? What logic, conscious or not, governed middle-class nightmares about “savage” tramps? And why did the tramp crisis become such a flashpoint in the larger struggle over the destiny and meaning of the new industrial America? ”10 Stressing mobility, the new usage also signified a sense of novelty, as if older terms such as “vagrant” or “vagabond” were somehow inappropriate to the moment.