The Poverty Of The United States

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Introduction: In recent months there has been endless discussion on how to make America great again. From politician to business men and women, dialog on fixing the present structure in America has been rampant. Within such dialog, topics on the increasing and rather consistent levels of poverty in some regions in America are touched on as well. Poverty is defined as a condition where one’s basics needs for food, clothing, and shelter are not being met ("What Is Poverty? “). From sea to shining sea, more than 15 percent of the American population live in poverty, a total of people over 46 million. Many who live in poverty within the United States live in areas that were once thriving from the country’s economic growth that are now only sad remnants such as the Deep South and Rust Belt cities.
The history of poverty in America is nothing recent by far, yet the thought and actuality of a rise in poverty levels in such a wealthy country has been alarming to notice. Levels in poverty between the 1950 and 1970s steadily decreased due to the economy boom and increases of income, however within the past three decades, primarily between the 80s, poverty became concentrated as well as increased where well over 10 percent of Americans were poor (“Poverty in America”). Those mostly living in poverty per group are Blacks and Native Americans according the 2014 US Census data (DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette) Figure 1 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and

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