Chapter 19 Section 4 The Other America

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The Urban Poor. 1962, nearly 1 out of every 4 Americans was living below poverty levelMany were elderly, single women, and minorities1950's millions of middle class Americans left the cities for suburbs Rural poor migrated to the inner cities. White Flight". Cities lost people and businessCitie

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1. Chapter 19 Section 4 The Other America MAIN IDEA: Amidst the prosperity of the 1950’s, millions of Americans lived in poverty.

2. The Urban Poor 1962, nearly 1 out of every 4 Americans was living below poverty level Many were elderly, single women, and minorities 1950’s millions of middle class Americans left the cities for suburbs Rural poor migrated to the inner cities

3. “White Flight” Cities lost people and business Cities could no longer afford to maintain or improve schools, public transportation, and police and fire departments Suburban Americans were unaware of decay in the inner city

4. “The Other America” Book written by Michael Harrington-issue of poverty in the United States Most African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos lived in crowded, dirty slums URBAN RENEWAL- The National Housing Act of 1949 was passed to provide a “decent home and suitable living environment for every American family” Called to tear down neighborhoods

5. Poverty Leads to Activism African American Civil Rights movement was inspired to make a change 1942-Mexican Americans through a program called braceros (hired hands) were allowed into the U.S. to harvest crops Many braceros were expected to leave the U.S. after their work was done but many stayed illegally to escape Mexico

6. Native Americans Continue their Struggle Continued to fight for rights and identity 1924 Snyder Act granted citizenship to Native Americans but they still remain 2nd class citizens 1944 established National Congress of American Indians to ensure civil rights that whites had

7. The Termination Policy Termination Policy- eliminated federal economic support, discontinued the reservation system, and distributed tribal lands among individual native Americans Termination policy was failure Native Americans were left without medical care and jobs

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