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Why is poverty so persistent?”

In this 1200-1500 word paper, you should use the three articles that we read about poverty in class—Gans, Kozol, and Ehrenreich—and answer the question, “Why is poverty so persistent?” Another way of framing this question is, “what social factors keep people poor?” Your paper should begin by explaining what poverty is and how it is measured in the U.S. (you should use your textbook & class notes to help you provide more detailed information on this issue). Then the body of your paper should use your three sources to explain some of the factors that keep people poor in the U.S. Introduce each article and explain what it contributes to our understanding of the issue of poverty. Your paper should conclude with a brief summary of what these authors teach us together, and any other ideas you have about why poverty is so persistent in the U.S.