Undercover Experiences in Nickeled and Dimed: On Not Getting by In America by Barbara Ehrenriech

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Nickeled and Dimed: “On Not Getting by In America” by Barbara Ehrenriech, is a book about a middle aged woman who went undercover as a low class worker. Ehrenreich is a journalist who in her real life and is well off. She was part of the upper class workers. She decided to do this project as a journalist investigation to shine the light on how the low class gets by or not. She visited three different cities within America and took on different jobs and lived among the poor. I found what she did to be very courageous by leaving her upper class comfortable life to live and work among the poor. However I did not agree that she started the process with a security net in place. Through this investigation she uncovered how difficult it was for the working poor to survive on minimum wage. She also uncovered how different it was among the working poor and how many obstacles there were for them to get a good job, good healthcare and decent meals. Within a couple weeks into this project she discovered how difficult it was for low wage workers to get by. She started out in Florida as a waitress and quickly found it impossible for her to live off just one job so she gets a second job only to realize she is now being sleep deprived. She also found the housing in the areas she was working were too expensive for the amount of income she was bringing in so she had to lived further away from her job that she could she could afford housing. In her job in Florida she found majority

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