With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it is a good time to think about socioeconomic status in the United States. November 10th-18th is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. If you are interested in learning more about the topic, check out the materials listed below, which can all be found in the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries:
All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? by Joel Berg focuses on the increasing number of Americans who have to wait in lines at food pantries.
The Culture of Homelessness by Megan Ravenhill.
Each One Teach One: Up and Out of Poverty, Memoirs of a Street Activist by Ron Casanova details his own struggles with poverty and how he campaigned for lower income housing and better federal assistance for homeless individuals.
Flophouse: Life on the Bowery by David Isay, Stacy Abramson, and Harvey Wang contains photographs and testimonies of people who live in lodging houses, also called flophouses.
Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America by Loretta Schwartz-Nobel explores public policies and national debates on hunger and poverty in the U.S.
Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America by Jonathan Kozol describes families housed in the Martinique Hotel in New York and their struggles with the welfare system.
Country Boys is a documentary about two boys struggling to overcome poverty in Kentucky’s Appalachian hills.
Dark Days is a documentary about a community of homeless people that live in a train tunnel beneath Manhattan.
Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty is a documentary about poor Americans organizing to end poverty.
The Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of a father’s struggle through poverty and jail time; he eventually becomes a respected millionaire and Wall Street legend.
To find additional materials, you can do an advanced keyword search by the following subject headings:
Economic assistance, Domestic–United States
Food relief–United States
Homeless persons–United States
Welfare rights movement–United States
If you have any questions about researching hunger and homelessness feel free to ask a librarian!