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The Resource New American blues : a journey through poverty to democracy, Earl Shorris

New American blues : a journey through poverty to democracy, Earl Shorris

Label
New American blues : a journey through poverty to democracy
Title
New American blues
Title remainder
a journey through poverty to democracy
Statement of responsibility
Earl Shorris
Title variation
Journey through poverty to democracy
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In a narrative of unsparing detail leavened by compassion and even hope, Earl Shorris takes us inside the lives of the poor - in Oakland, rural Tennessee, El Paso, the South Bronx, and many points in between - so that we understand who they are and see through their eyes the "surround of force" that is their horizon, that prevents them from achieving a full and true citizenship. So rich is this book in the words and thoughts of the poor themselves that they are in a sense its authors. Like any good story, this one has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We begin by listening to what the poor have to say about their lives. Once we know who they are and how much like us they are, we are ready to understand the world they live in, and why they are poor. Finally, and most surprisingly, we are asked to consider a revolutionary idea that has been taking quiet shape before our eyes all through the narrative: if the poor are human, and if the cultivation of their humanity benefits both society and the poor themselves, then why not teach them the humanities as the basic tools of citizenship? In order to test his theory, Shorris started a school on the Lower East Side of New York City. He used donated books and borrowed space, and he enlisted friends to help him teach logic, poetry, art, and moral philosophy to a group of young people whose collective background included prison, hard drugs, and homelessness. This experiment, which forms the triumphant climax of New American Blues, yielded extraordinary results: a majority of the students are now enrolled in four-year colleges, and it is no exaggeration to say that their lives have been transformed. One of the students, describing a difficult decision in his personal life, said: "I asked myself, 'What would Socrates do?'" Imagine a solution to poverty far less costly than welfare or prison, one that encourages a reconnection to public life. Imagine an argument so powerful that it prevails against the cruel lies of The Bell Curve and the savage inequities of recent welfare reform. Imagine a book so movingly written as to inspire everyone who reads it with a sense of hope and possibility about the future of this country. New American Blues is all of these things
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
index present
LC call number
HV4045
LC item number
.S46 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
New American blues : a journey through poverty to democracy, Earl Shorris
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36417838
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 432 pages
Isbn
9780393045543
Lccn
97006384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
New American blues : a journey through poverty to democracy, Earl Shorris
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36417838
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 432 pages
Isbn
9780393045543
Lccn
97006384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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