Poverty Of The United States : An Overview By Cliff Brown

919 WordsFeb 25, 20164 Pages
The first article, “Poverty in the United States: An Overview” by Cliff Brown, is about poverty in America and its characteristics. Those living in poverty have more health and educational issues, and individuals who fall below the poverty level are among the most vulnerable and distressed in the United States. Factors such as: race, ethnicity, family structure, sex, age, and geography are linked to poverty.(p. 89) One of the most striking points brought up in this article, also in relation to geography and family, is the fact that circumstances of one 's birth so clearly affects the odds of experiencing poverty, which contradicts the notion that all americans have an equal chance to succeed in life.(p. 89) With 37 million people living below the poverty line in the US, which is about 12.5% of the total overall population, there are many people being born everyday with less opportunities than others(p.89). Poverty tends to be concentrated among children, female headed families, racial and ethnic minority groups, and regionally, in the Southern United States. Children have replaced elderly as the most vulnerable age group while female headed households with no husband are nearly six times more likely to experience poverty than married households(p. 91). The second article titled “Digital Inequality: From Unequal Access to Differentiated Use” by Paul DiMaggio, Eszter Harittai, Coral Celeste, and Steven Shafer is about the Inequality with internet access and how it is a
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