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American Millstone: An Examination of the Nation's Permanent Underclass Paperback – April, 1986

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This collection of 29 Tribune articles presents the current state of the underclass (poverty-trapped, primarily black ghetto dwellers) through background, statistics, and interviews, mostly in regard to Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. Relentlessly bleak, the book portrays crime, family breakdown, unemployment, welfare, and the failure of education but ends with a challenging editorial for reform. Apparently unedited for this collection, the articles contain redundancies and unclear date references; the lack of notes or a bibliography will frustrate those wanting to explore further the many references to studies and related data. The moving accounts, however, make this a useful adjunct to such works as Ken Auletta's The Underclass ( LJ 5/1/82) and Richard Taub et al. Paths of Neighborhood Change ( LJ 11/1/84). Robert Aken, Univ. of Kentucky Lib., Lexington
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books; First Edition edition (April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809249316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809249312
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,408,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an illinois resident the stories and images of the citizens within the book touched me deeply
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I picked up American Millstone on a bargain shelf at a local bookstore in Houston. I wrote to the Chicago Tribune for more copies but they had none. The chapters are an EXCELLENT source of short reading articles for a high school English class. I wish they would do a more up to date series as this book was written before the infamous "crack wave."
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