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Produced by: John Biewen
The United States has always had a class of people who work as hard or harder than most other people, but live in poverty with little chance of escape. Some economists blame unrestrained capitalism. Others see this economic turmoil as a simple transition away from a manufacturing economy towards a new information economy. Producer John Biewen follows two low-income families, who talk about their hopes, fears, and frustrations as they slip further and further behind.

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Dispossessed was produced by John Biewen


Kensington Welfare Rights Union
A multi-racial organization of, by and for poor and homeless people dedicated to organizing of welfare recipients, the homeless, the working poor and all people concerned with economic justice.

On the Bottom Rung
This Urban Institute article profiles Americans living in low-income working families.

Causes of Poverty
Worldwide poverty statistics, facts, and information on accompanying economic and structural issues.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by: Barbara Ehrenreich
The author spent about three months in three cities throughout the nation attempting to get by on an unskilled worker salary and provides this first hand account of the working poor in America.

Understanding Poverty
by: Sheldon H. Danziger, Robert H. Haveman
An explanation of poverty in twenty-first century America based on economic, social, health, education and family factors.

Class War in America: How the Economic and Political Conservatives Are Exploiting Low- and Middle-Class Americans
by: Charles M. Kelly
A look at how politicians use economics against working class Americans.

Programs by John Biewen

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