Poverty: Suffer the Children

Suffer the Children

The U.S. may be one of the world's richest nations, but more and more American children are living in poverty. A recent study by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 13.8 million children were in poverty in 1983, an increase of more than 4 million since 1973. The CBO findings were reinforced last week by a report from the nonprofit Children's Defense Fund. According to C.D.F. President Marian Edelman, the plight of black children has worsened dramatically compared with that of whites since 1980. Black children, said Edelman, are now twice as likely as whites to die before their first birthday,...

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