Appalachian Poverty Essay

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Appalachian Poverty

Poverty is a global problem, and it has existed from the beginning

of civilization. Hunger, homelessness, and lack of health care are major

aspects of this world-wide

dilemma. Many countries are in complete poverty and a majority are

third-world countries. Within the United States of America, a land of

plenty, there are also pockets of extreme poverty. Governments around the

world are trying to solve this huge problem. Third world poverty and

Appalachian poverty, which occurred in the United States of America, have

developed for various reasons, and these situations have led to a great

deal of problems.

Throughout the world, poverty has plagued all countries. In smaller,

under-developed countries many
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Granted, American poverty is no match to third world

poverty, but for such a prosperous country it is pretty sad. Most third

world countries do not have social security or welfare (650a). So, the

people of those countries have no income to keep themselves going. Even

though

America does have both social security and welfare, this country still has

many homeless and starving people.

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Appalachia includes thirteen states, ranging from southern New York to

eastern Mississippi (650a). About eighteen million people live in

Appalachia. In March, 1965, the

United States Congress passed the Appalachian Regional Redevelopment Act.

The legislation was designed primarily to create more jobs by attracting

tourists and industries. It provided funds and made the area more

accessible. Funds also were made available

for new schools and health facilities, land and mine reclamation, and

timber and water conservation.

The poverty in America will not be solved all at once (650a).

Simply creating jobs will not help eliminate poverty because there are some

people who are disabled and just can not work (650a). The government

social welfare programs help to add income to many people (650a). These

people could be the retired, unemployed, disabled, or widowed (650a). In

order to help the less fortunate, the people that are employed are taxed to

raise money to pay for social security and
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