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Journal Issue: The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies Volume 17 Number 2 Fall 2007

Introducing the Issue
Ron Haskins Isabel Sawhill

Introduction

Hurricane Katrina forced Americans to confront inner-city poverty and misery, not least by bringing indelible images of poverty onto the nation’s TV screens. The predictable reaction of the news media was that Katrina revealed poverty as a major problem in the United States, a problem that neither the government nor the average American was doing much to fight.1

Although the nation is no longer making major advances against poverty as it did during the 1960s and early 1970s, it has still made some gains in recent years, especially among particular demographic groups. And there is every reason to believe that further progress is possible. The purpose of this volume of The Future of Children is to present and explain several specific public policies that would, if well implemented, achieve further reductions in poverty. Before reviewing these policies, we briefly survey historical trends in poverty in the United States and examine several of the forces that shaped them.