Thinking About the Poor   /   Fall 2014   /    From the Editor

From the Editors

Trailer in a snowy field; © Charles Maraia/cultura/Corbis/Getty Images.

While the poor and their condition defy any single characterization, the challenge of systemic poverty, poverty that is deeply rooted and passed on from one generation to the next, is a condition vastly complicated by two facts of contemporary American life: growing economic inequality and declining social mobility. In a year that marks the fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty, we might ask whether the American Dream is a lost hope for more and more Americans, particularly for the many and diverse poor who are the focus of this issue.

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