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By Eli Saslow

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning assortment, Washington submit reporter Eli Saslow traveled around the state over the process a year—from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee—to study the private and political implications and repercussions of America's starting to be nutrients stamp program.

Saslow indicates us the intense impression the arriving of nutrition stamps has every month on a small town's suffering economic system, the tough offerings our representatives face in enforcing this $78-billion software affecting hundreds of thousands of usa citizens, and the demanding situations American households, senior voters, and youngsters come across each day in making sure they've got sufficient, and infrequently even whatever to consume. those unsettling and eye-opening tales make for required examining, offering nuance and figuring out to the advanced concerns of yankee poverty.

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C. Gatrell et al. ), Crime and the Law: The Social History of Crime in Western Europe Since 1500 (London, 1980), 105–7. ⁸⁸ R. W. Bushaway, By Rite: Custom, Ceremony and Community in England, 1700–1800 (London, 1982), 138. ⁸⁹ The value of gleaning in the early modern period is difficult to reconstruct, although some contemporary comment was optimistic. The Leicestershire justices reported that, even in a dearth year such as 1630–1, the poor only began to complain ‘so soone as they had spent the corne which they had gathered by gleaning in the harveste’, which, they estimated, ‘was about Allhallowtide’.

A. Everitt, ‘Farm Labourers’, in J. ), The Agrarian History of England and Wales, vol. iv: 1500–1640 (Cambridge, 1967), 396–465. ³³ It is nonetheless true that the payment of poverty wages was endemic in the cloth industry, and that even a weaver who notionally worked all year round cannot have earned more than £10 a year, which was nowhere near enough to maintain his family, pay his rent, and buy his fuel. ³⁴ Work was, therefore, often seasonal or highly insecure, and the growth of a pool of surplus labour down to the mid-seventeenth century entailed lower wages and widespread under-employment, a trend which was not significantly reversed even by the end of our period.

S. Rushton, ‘Monastic Charitable Provision in Tudor England: Quantifying and Qualifying Poor Relief in the Early Sixteenth Century’, Continuity and Change, 16 (2001), 9–44. ²² C. Muldrew, The Economy of Obligation: The Culture of Credit and Social Relations in Early Modern England (London and New York, 1998), esp. 303–12. ²³ I. K. Ben-Amos, ‘“Good Works” and Social Ties: Helping the Migrant Poor in Early Modern England’, in M. C. McClendon et al. ), Protestant Identities: Religion, Society and SelfFashioning in Post-Reformation England (Stanford, 1999), 125–40; Ben-Amos, ‘Gifts and Favors: Informal Support in Early Modern England’, Journal of Modern History, 72 (2000), 295–338.

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