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Child Poverty and InequalitySecuring a Better Future for America's Children$
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Duncan Lindsey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305449.001.0001

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Closing: The World We Leave Our Children

Closing: The World We Leave Our Children

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(p.160) 7 Closing: The World We Leave Our Children
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Child Poverty and Inequality
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Duncan Lindsey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305449.003.0008

This chapter argues that government policies and programs substantially shape the world we live in. The social and economic world is largely of our own making. In the last several decades, the nation has taken a turn away from the philosophy of a Jeffersonian democracy which proposed that all in the nation should participate in wealth and prosperity. This view, which prevailed during the founding of the country, has seemed to recede. We are moving toward a nation of haves and have-nots. Too many children are left out of the opportunities that the nation provides. As a result, Americans are leaving our children a less free, less democratic, and less equal country than the one its adults inherited. This direction needs to be changed, and policies need to be changed so that the world American adults leave their children provides greater freedom and opportunity.

Keywords:   child poverty, poor children, inequality

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