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Poverty in America

An Undergraduate Library Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Poverty in America.

Background Information

According to the Oxford Companion to United States History, poverty has been a constant problem in the United States. Poverty in America has been characterized by large numbers of Americans being unable to purchase food, shelter, and clothing, or to be able to achieve a reasonable standard of living. Use the following sources to learn more about poverty and the political, legal, social, and cultural issues surrounding it.