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The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina

Stories from Our Invisible Citizens

Gene R. Nichol

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 11/2021
Pages: 256
Subject: Social Science, History, Political Science
Print ISBN: 9781469666136
eBook ISBN: 9781469666174


More than 1.5 million North Carolinians today live in poverty. More than one in five are children. Behind these sobering statistics are the faces of our fellow citizens. This book tells their stories. Since 2012, Gene R. Nichol has traveled the length of North Carolina, conducting hundreds of interviews with poor people and those working to alleviate the worst of their circumstances. In an afterword to this new edition, Nichol draws on fresh data and interviews with those whose voices challenge all of us to see what is too often invisible, to look past partisan divides and preconceived notions, and to seek change. Only with a full commitment as a society, Nichol argues, will we succeed in truly ending poverty, which he calls our greatest challenge.