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$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America - download pdf or read online

By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

ISBN-10: 0544303180

ISBN-13: 9780544303188

ISBN-10: 0544303245

ISBN-13: 9780544303249

A revelatory account of poverty in the US so deep that we, as a rustic, don’t imagine it exists

Jessica Compton’s family members of 4 could don't have any money source of revenue until she donated plasma two times every week at her neighborhood donation heart in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago frequently don't have any nutrition yet spoiled milk on weekends. 


After twenty years of marvelous examine on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted whatever she hadn’t noticeable because the mid-1990s — families surviving on nearly no source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, a professional on calculating earning of the negative, to find that the variety of American households residing on $2.00 in line with individual, in line with day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American families, together with approximately three million children. 


Where do those households stay? How did they get so desperately terrible? Edin has “turned sociology the wrong way up” (Mother Jones) along with her procurement of wealthy — and fair — interviews. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge. 


The authors light up a troubling pattern: a low-wage hard work industry that more and more fails to carry a residing salary, and a turning out to be yet hidden landscape of survival innovations between America’s severe poor. More than a robust exposé, $2.00 an afternoon delivers new facts and new rules to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality. 




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To Modonna, that seemed as good an answer as any. “I don’t actually know anybody who is getting it.  . ’” Despite her now desperate circumstances, Modonna was deeply reluctant even to go to the DHS office and apply for the cash welfare program. Finally, after much persuasion, she relented. Much of the time, when you ask for help from the government, you can expect the process to take a long time. ) Once you get a number, you wait for your name to be called so you can see the caseworker and provide the required documentation.

After another few minutes, an official-looking woman with a clipboard emerges from a closed door at the side of the waiting room. m. and got a number from the staff person who was on duty at the time. Finally, she reaches Modonna. ” Modonna shakes her head no. “Well, you’ll have to come back tomorrow,” she says. m.? Everyone knows you have to get here by at least 7:30, a full hour before the office opens. As the woman moves on, delivering the same grim message over and over, most people shuffle off.

The carpeting in the front room has been discolored by footsteps and spills, and its matted surface feels a bit sticky. Where the carpet has worn away, there are the crumbling remains of black-and-white linoleum. Where the linoleum has worn through, there are the vestiges of once-fine hardwood floors. At the back of the house, a giant 1980s-era refrigerator dominates a small kitchen outfitted with open shelving and a porcelain sink that may well be a century old. Inside the refrigerator, there are just a few bottles of baby formula that Susan has gotten from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, called WIC.

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