If You Came This Way: A Journey Through the Lives of the Underclass

If You Came This Way: A Journey Through the Lives of the Underclass
Open Road/John Wiley

In this investigative narrative, Davis found that at every stage of their lives, from infant cribs to basement shelters for the elderly, the underclass are shunned by the rest of the population, even by the working poor. As children, the underclass get little help in their own homes (when they have homes), are shoved aside at school until they drop out like their parents did, are unable to get decent work without an education, have children of their own for whom they cannot provide adequate care, and are finally dumped into human (but inhumane) warehouses for the not-quite-deceased. In the richest country on earth, the 12 million Americans in the underclass are not only a tragedy but a scandal. They are also an increasingly costly drag on the body politic. Davis’ conclusion is that we cannot afford not to rescue the underclass. “A deeply probing examination of the growing rift between the day-to-day lives and concerns of the majority of Americans and the harsh realities confronting the underclass,” says Goodreads.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

 

If You Came This Way: A Journey Through the Lives of the Underclass

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