Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society
~ Book Release and Speaking Tour ~

For the first time, the voices of famous and lesser known figures in America’s quest to reduce poverty are collected in a historical anthology.  The book, which includes social commentary, follows one theme--the social solution to poverty: 

•  from Thomas Paine’s agrarian justice to Josiah Quincy’s proposal for the
    construction of poorhouses;

•  from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Sitting Bull’s demand for money and supplies;

•  from Coxey’s army of the unemployed to Jane Addams¹s Hull House;

•  from the Civil Works Administration to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for
    an Economic Bill of Rights; and

•  from William Julius Wilson’s universal program of reform to George Bush’s
    armies of compassion.


Scott Myers-Lipton, an Associate Professor at San José State University, is the author of numerous scholarly articles on civic engagement, education, and racism.

For the past 15 years he has helped students examine solutions to poverty by taking them to live at homeless shelters, the Navajo and Lakota nations and to Kingston, Jamaica.  Dr. Myers-Lipton is currently on a nation-wide speaking tour.

Inspire your students, staff, or congregations to make a difference in the world.  Dr. Myers-Lipton  advocates solving poverty is possible, as the historical record demonstrates, and that we, as democratic citizens, have an important role to play to end poverty. 

Contact him at or (408) 924-5761.  Honorarium and travel expenses negotiable.


"Scott J. Myers-Lipton has compiled an impressive array of articles on the social
context of poverty in the United States and on the various plans and proposals
to alleviate human suffering. His unique volume could become a standard
reference not only for scholars who study poverty, but also for policymakers
and citizens seeking realistic solutions."

-- William Julius Wilson
    Louis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

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