Who are the sub-groups that ended up in the
"other America" ? This questions has
to be answered from the book "the other America"
from Michael Harrington.
In Michael Harrington book The Other America,
his aimed to give an account of the poverty in
America in the 1960s when approximately 20 to
25% of the population was characterized as low-income,
the poverty riddled class.
Harrington writes about these sub-groups with
condescension and sentimentality. According to
him, the majority of these American poor happen
to be white also the majority of them live in
cities. As he pretty clearly pointed out, more
people were living in slums than on farms in America.
These sub-groups who were particularly at a disadvantage
included non-white minorities who suffer "the
most intense as well as concentrated impoverishment",
migrants, workers, the aged senior citizens, children,
families which had a women as the head, industrial
rejects as well as people who lacked proper education.
Roughly a 3rd of the “others” in The
Other America came from one sub-group: kids below
eighteen years of age.