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Fall 2017 History UN3401 section 001
DOES AMER POVERTY HAVE A HISTORY
DOES AMER POVERTY HAVE A HIST?
|Day & Time
|Instructor||Christopher M Florio|
|Course Description||In most societies, some are rich and many more are poor. So it has been through most recorded history – and so it remains in the United States, where an estimated 43 million Americans are living in poverty as you read this. The project of our seminar will be to construct a history of America’s poor as vivid and precise as the histories that have long been written of the wealthy and the powerful. We will look at the experiences of being poor and at changes in the processes of falling into and climbing out of poverty. We will look at changes in the population of the poor, changes in the economic organization of cities and the countryside, and changes in the general distribution of wealth. We will look at ideas of poverty and their impact on history. And we will look, finally, at changes in the treatment of the poor: from charity to modern welfare policies. At semester’s end, students will be able to interrogate the enduring presence of American poverty in light of its history and transformations.|
|Enrollment||15 students (15 max) as of 7:05PM Saturday, August 19, 2017|
|Open To||Barnard, Columbia College, General Studies, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate|
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