The Abolition of Poverty

The Abolition of Poverty

The Abolition of Poverty

The Abolition of Poverty

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A year ago when completing our book on slums and housing, our conviction became increasingly firm that the slum problem could not be met satisfactorily without the prior or concomitant elimination of poverty. At all points the two problems are interrelated and their solutions interdependent.

Turning to the best studies on the abolition of poverty we found them to be based upon conditions a generation old and confined to what seemed to us limited aspects of the problem. Apparent progress has been made in the researches and measures of the intervening years. Outlooks have broadened. The deeper roots of poverty are being brought to light. Barriers to fundamental change are breaking down. A new popular synthetic study, bringing together the more recent data on causes and preventives seemed desirable.

We have tried to treat sympathetically the theories which are discarded, to be fair and dispassionate, to avoid appeal to prejudice. Effort has been made to show the problem in its entirety--in so far as it is possible to do so in a compass so brief. Statements have been qualified where "the full truth" seems to us to require it. The residuum of not-yet-preventable poverty has been indicated.

This book may seem hopelessly idealistic to some-- and remote from the practical things of life. Such a . . .

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