Impact University: Portraits of Poverty


Middle-Aged White Americans Are Dying of Despair >

Khazan, Olga. (2015-11-04, The Atlantic): Even as longevity increases across the rich world, uneducated white Americans are living sicker and dying earlier. Two economists speculate on the reasons why.


All Hollowed Out: The lonely poverty of America’s white working class >

Chen, Victor Tan. (2016-01-16, The Atlantic): "Problems of mental health and addiction have taken a terrible toll on whites in America—though seemingly not in other wealthy nations—and the least educated among them have fared the worst."

Migrant Work

Picturing America: Dorothea Lange – Migrant Mother, 1936 >

Dorthea Lange "introduced America to Americans" through a program established to document the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression.

Economic Mobility

U.S.A, Land of Limitations? >

Kristof, N. (2015-08-08, The New York Times): "Some think success is all about 'choices' and 'personal responsibility.' Yes, those are real, but it's so much more complicated than that." Nicholas Kristof discusses the misconceptions and realities surrounding social and economic mobility in the United States.


A Grim Bargain >

Harlan, C. (2015-12-01, The Washington Post): In recent years, Alabama and the Deep South have attracted large companies with low-wage workers, available land, and tax incentives and subsidies worth millions. However, not all rural Americans working for these corporations have felt the promised benefits. Chico Harlan examines the effects of this corporate trend in Wilcox County, Alabama.

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