Why did poverty persist in the United States in an age of affluence?
"Your Father is working very hard to get money so we can at least meet the poverty line."
"Why is he never home?"
"Do you hear something?"
"Please, can you hel-"
"We are going to have to go to the city to look for jobs soon thanks to the larger farms."
Americans realized that some in poverty could not work to get out of poverty; like the elderly and children. While those who did work, suffered low wages. After examining poverty for a while, scientist created the poverty line-how much income someone would need to meet the basic needs.
Poverty was ignored and invisible to the middle class. People in poverty wore the same clothes as people in the middle so it was hard to know they were in poverty. Plus, the poor were left behind in old city neighborhoods and weld no political power.
Due to the larger corporate farms, smaller farms could not compete so most of them went into the city to look for work.In larger corporate farms the work pay was low and had poor living conditions.Also due to the terrain, such as the Appalachian mountainous region, living off the land was difficult.