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Ending Poverty As We Know It
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Across the United States tens of millions of people are working forty or more hours a week...and living in poverty. This is surprising in a country where politicians promise that anyone who does their share, and works hard, will get ahead. In Ending Poverty As We Know It, William Quigley argues that it is time to make good on that promise by adding to the Constitution language that insures those who want to work can do so—and at a wage that enables them to afford reasonable shelter, clothing, and food.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. I. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 Why a Right to a Job at a Living Wage?
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. II. Reeducating Ourselves about What It Means to Be Poor
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 2 Myths and Facts about Poverty and Work
  2. pp. 19-28
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  1. 3 Our History Shapes Our Thinking
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. 4 Current Official Definition of Poverty
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. 5 A New Definition of Poverty
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. III. Poverty and Lack of Work
  2. pp. 53-54
  1. 6 The Extent of Unemployment and Underemployment
  2. pp. 55-64
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  1. 7 The Cost of Unemployment and Underemployment
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. IV. Work and Poverty
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. 8 The Working Poor
  2. pp. 71-84
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  1. 9 Low-Wage Work
  2. pp. 85-90
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  1. V. A Constitutional Right to a Job at a Living Wage
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. 10 A Constitutional Amendment
  2. pp. 93-99
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  1. 11 Support for a Right to a Job
  2. pp. 100-116
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  1. 12 Support for a Right to Living Wages
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. 13 How Might a Constitutional Amendment Work?
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. 14 The Way to End Poverty as We Know It
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-222
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  1. Suggested Web Resources for Further Reading
  2. pp. 223-224
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 225-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-245
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