Karl Spitzweg, "The Bookworm,"


Migrant Mother
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother


Miner Lewis Hines, Mine Driver

Social Problems
Professor Larry Stern
Reading Assignments, Videos & Web Sites

Unit 6: The Economy: Poverty, Wealth, Inequality & Life-Chances


“Texas Poverty 101”

Rebecca Riffkin, “In U.S., 67% Dissatisfied With Income, Wealth Distribution: Democrats and independents are more dissatisfied than Republicans,” Gallup Poll, January 20, 2014

Sabrina Tavernise, "Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing," New York Times, February 12, 2016

Barbara Ehrenreich, "Nickel and Dimed" (excerpt)

Peter Kaufman, "Exploitation at Home: Matthew Desmond’s Evicted," Everyday Sociology, June 28, 2016

Karen Sternheimer, "Evictions and the Paradox of Poverty," Everyday Sociology, July 1, 2016

"States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare", New York Times, October 10, 2011

"The Real Budgets of McDonald's Workers" (view the five slides)

Richard Fry & Paul Taylor, "A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%"

“Apple Factories accused of exploiting Chinese workers,” The Observer, April 30, 2011

Mary Gabriel, “Who Was Karl Marx?”

Matt Bai, “How Much Has Citizens United Changed the Political Game?”

David Kirkpatrick, “Does Corporate Money Lead to Political Corruption?”

Jay Livingston, “Is Profit the Ultimate Value? On JP Morgan’s $11 billion fine.”

Hart-Landsberg, “Recession Recovery? Most New Jobs are Bad Jobs,”

View these brief videos:

"How the Other Half Lives" (click to watch this)

"America's Distribution of Wealth (1955)"


"Wealth Inequalty in America"


Visit the following Web Sites:

Child Labor in America 1908-1912

Inequality.org (View "Data and Statistics")

Global Rich List

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820 - present

Co-op America: Sweatshops: Retailer Scorecard

National Center for Children in Poverty

National Coalition for the Homeless

The Samaritan Inn

National Low-Income Housing Coalition - Out of Reach (View data for Texas)

The Hunger Site

America’s Second Harvest

Center for Responsive Politics web, Open Secrets

Pro Publica: Journalism in the Public Interest – Bailout Recipients

Spent. (A web-based interactive game that forces players to make everyday choices for folks who make the minimum wage)