By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer
Jessica Compton’s relations of 4 might don't have any funds source of revenue until she donated plasma two times per week at her neighborhood donation middle in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago usually haven't any nutrients yet spoiled milk on weekends.
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Out on the streets, Modonna and Brianna bounced around, forced to double up with family member after family member, a hard pill to swallow. Her father’s new wife didn’t want her and Brianna around, so they couldn’t stay with them. Her sister, a cop who lived in the western suburbs, had little patience: after just a few days, they were told they had to go. After moving in with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend began coming on to Modonna. Meanwhile, the foster child Modonna’s mother had taken in—and now doted on—began taunting Brianna, ridiculing her over her late-to-develop figure, her “nappy hair,” and the fact that she didn’t have a home.
Hailing from Chicago, Linda Taylor was a character as worthy of the big screen as Reagan himself. ” She was implicated in multiple counts of insurance fraud and had numerous husbands, whom she used and discarded. Without a doubt, she was a real villain. But she was very far from a typical welfare recipient. Although negative racial stereotypes had plagued welfare throughout its existence, the emphasis on race was more widespread and virulent after Reagan turned his focus to the system. His welfare queen soon became deeply ingrained in American culture.
It got worse, it’s changed,” Susan says. . ” Given what her family has been through, this is more than a bit of an understatement. Susan’s brother was shot in broad daylight just one block away. Her great-grandmother, in whose house they are living, has fled for a meager retirement out west. Susan’s family would like nothing more than to find another place to live, safer streets and a home that isn’t crumbling around them. Yet despite all of its ills, this house is the only thing keeping Susan, Devin, and Lauren off the streets.
$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer