History | A History of Poverty in the United States
A300 | 6153 | Taysom

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course is an examination of Americans living on a level of
poverty from colonial times through the twentieth century.  We will
consider efforts on the part of political and social reform groups
to eliminate or alleviate these conditions.  The expression of
poverty in American culture, the ways that poverty has been
understood and defined over time, and the ways that race and
ethnicity have or have not been a part of American poverty will also
be considered.  Part of the course will include attention to
American philanthropy.  The readings will consist of both secondary
sources and of primary sources by critics, reformers, and