The Other America



In the fifty years since it was published, The Other America has been established as a seminal work of sociology This anniversary edition includes Michael Harrington s essays on poverty in the 1970s and 80s as well as a new introduction by Harrington s biographer, Maurice Isserman This illuminating, profoundly moving classic is still all too relevant for today s America.When Michael Harrington s masterpiece, The Other America, was first published in 1962, it was hailed as an explosive work and became a galvanizing force for the war on poverty Harrington shed light on the lives of the poor from farm to city and the social forces that relegated them to their difficult situations He was determined to make poverty in the United States visible and his observations and analyses have had a profound effect on our country, radically changing how we view the poor and the policies we employ to help them. Free Download Kindle ePUB The Other America By Michael Harrington – tiffanydaniels.co.ukThe Other America

Edward Michael Harrington was an American democratic socialist, writer, political activist, professor of political science, and radio commentator.Early lifeHarrington was born in St Louis, Missouri He attended St Louis University High School, College of the Holy Cross, University of Chicago MA in English Literature , and Yale Law School As a young man, he was interested in both leftwing polit Edward Michael Harrington was an American democratic socialist, writer, political activist, professor of political science, and radio commentator.Early lifeHarrington was born in St Louis, Missouri He attended St Louis University High School, College of the Holy Cross, University of Chicago MA in English Literature , and Yale Law School As a young man, he was interested in both leftwing politics and Catholicism Fittingly, he joined Dorothy Day s Catholic Worker movement, a pacifist group that advocated a radical interpretation of the Gospel Above all else, Harrington was an intellectual He loved arguing about culture and politics, preferably over beer, and his Jesuit education made him a fine debater and rhetorician Harrington was an editor of The Catholic Worker from 1951 to 1953 However, Harrington became disillusioned with religion and, although he would always retain a certain affection for Catholic culture, he ultimately became an atheist.Becoming a socialistThis estrangement from religion was accompanied by a growing interest in Marxism and a drift toward secular socialism After leaving The Catholic Worker Harrington became a member of the Independent Socialist League, a small organization associated with the former Trotskyist leader Max Shachtman Harrington and Shachtman believed that socialism, the promise of a just and fully democratic society, could not be realized under authoritarian Communism and they were both fiercely critical of the bureaucratic collectivist states in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.Harrington became a member of Norman Thomas s Socialist Party when the SP agreed to absorb Shachtman s organization Harrington backed the Shachtmanite realignment strategy of working within the Democratic Party rather than running candidates on a Socialist ticket.Socialist leaderDuring this period Harrington wrote The Other America Poverty in the United States, a book that had an impact on the Kennedy administration, and on Lyndon B Johnson s subsequent War on Poverty Harrington became a widely read intellectual and political writer He would frequently debate noted conservatives but would also clash with the younger radicals in the New Left movements He was present at the 1962 SDS conference that led to the creation of the Port Huron Statement, where he argued that the final draft was insufficiently anti Communist Arthur M Schlesinger, Sr referred to Harrington as the only responsible radical in America, a somewhat dubious distinction among those on the political left His high profile landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.By early 1970s Shachtman s anti Communism had become a hawkish Cold War liberalism Shachtman and the governing faction of the Socialist Party effectively supported the Vietnam War and changed the organization s name to Social Democrats, USA In protest Harrington led a number of Norman Thomas era Socialists, younger activists and ex Shachtmanites into the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee A smaller faction associated with peace activist David McReynolds formed the Socialist Party USA.In the early 1980s The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee merged with the New American Movement, an organization of New Left veterans, forming Democratic Socialists of America This organization remains the principal U.S affiliate of the Socialist International, which includes socialist parties as diverse as the Swedish and German Social Democrats, Nicaragua s FSLN, and the British Labour Party.Academician and public intellectualHarrington was appointed a professor of political science at Queens College in 1972 and was designated a distinguished professor in 1988 During the 1980s he contributed commentaries to National Public Radio Harrington died in 1989 of cancer He was the most well known socialist in the United States during his lifetime

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10 thoughts on “The Other America

  1. says:

    In 1962, a small book was published to some acclaim by a political scientist named Michael Harrington The book, entitled The Other America Poverty in the United States , shocked the rather small audience that actually read the book with the premise that nearly one fourth of the United States population was living at or below the poverty line.It was shocking to the reading audience of the time bec...

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    Entering Grinnell College with a year s credit already accumulated in high school, I enrolled in courses that were actually interesting, figuring requirements were secondary A whole host of such classes were offered under the rubric of Social Science as special topics The first I took was one on the welfare system of the U.S.A taught by a former social worker who had just come to our school.If the Welfare class had a central text, it was Harrington s The Other America But perhaps it was beca Entering Grinnell College with a year s credit already accumulated in high school, I enrolled in courses that were actually interesting, figuring requirements were secondary A whole host of such classes were offered under the rubric of Social Science as special topics The first I took was one on the welfare system of the U.S.A taught by a former social worker who had just come to our school.If the Welfare class had a central text, it was Harrington s The Other America But perhaps it was because I knew of Harrington from the Socialist Party that the book seemed ...

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    One quote pretty much sums up the theme of this book America has the best dressed poverty in the World Americans often don t think about poverty They see the occasional bum on a street corner and assume that he must be a drunk or otherwise irresponsible They never bother to think about the systematic nature of poverty and the causes of it Nor do they think about the fact that the gap between the rich and poor is growing andAmericans are going into poverty than coming out.Harringto One quote pretty much sums up the theme of this book America has the best dressed poverty in the World Americans often don t think about poverty They see the occasional bum on a street corner and assume that he must be a drunk or otherwise irresponsible They neve...

  4. says:

    This book was truly eye opening to the poverty related problems present in our society Although this book was written in 1962, it is astonishing how little has changed since then in regards to the improvement of the other society in America This book provided powerful insight in the present problems, their cause, and how they can be fixed, which highlighted how simple a plan can seem on paper, yet implementing that plan into society requires a concern for the culture in the impoverished area This book was truly eye opening to the poverty related problems present in our society Although this book was written in 1962, it is astonishing how little has changed since then in regards to the improvement of the other society in America ...

  5. says:

    Michael Harrington s magnum opus on poverty in the United States says right on the cover that it is the book that sparked the War on Poverty And it did Kennedy gave this book to his advisors and green lighted a plan to eradicate poverty in America three days before he was killed Lyndon Johnson referenced this book when he made the War of Poverty a reality Clocking in at only 170 pages, this relatively short book delivered a powerful message for the poor The closing lines of the book sum i Michael Harrington s magnum opus on poverty in the United States says right on the cover that it is the book that sparked the War on Poverty And it ...

  6. says:

    As many others have pointed out, the most depressing aspect of this book is that so little has changed since it s publication in 1962 Despite the dozens of underfunded social programs, despite growing public consciousness of poverty, despite the good and bad times that have come and gone, the underclass of desperately...

  7. says:

    I read this book in collegethan 40 years ago Harrington s exposure of poverty in Appalachia and other parts of the U.S was a stark revelation in the early 1960 s This book significantly influenced the anti poverty programs later in the decade Ironically, Harrington at the time was the head of the United States Socialist Party.Th...

  8. says:

    One would think that this book is would be outdated but its not Even though it first published in 1968 it is very relevant to the present.

  9. says:

    Michael Harrington 1928 1989 is best known for this book, published in 1962 He was an American democratic socialist, writer, political activist, professor of political science, radio commentator and founder of the Democratic Socialists of America The Other America has become a classic in the social change world, that attention be directed at the poor in the U.S at a time when affluence was the byword and the poor we...

  10. says:

    Read it in college So long ago, I can t comment.

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