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What is poverty? What is meant by "relative poverty?" Research and discuss statistics on the demographics of poverty in the United States. Have the poverty rates increased or decreased over the last decade? Why do you think that it has been difficult to lower the poverty rates in the United States? Support your opinion with research and examples.

Recognize the causes and effects of social inequality, including racism, sexism and systems of social stratification.

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I have outlined some of the information you need for this esssay. This is information and can in most cases be supported. I have included the site where you can verify the poverty level figures: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty.html

I will leave it to you to decide which of these areas need more examples and explanations and to find the support for your choices.

Poverty is the shortage of basic human needs such as shelter, food, clothing, and the means to provide them. One of the most dangerous aspects of poverty is the limited amount of safe drinking water most poor have. People with limited incomes or not enough to pay for the basics are said to be in relative poverty. Countries set levels or standards for poverty. Being below a certain standard in one or more of the needs are said to be below the poverty line and often this includes income.
Poverty levels have stabilized in terms of percentages over the last couple of years. From a high for families with a female head of ...

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A discussion on what poverty is and the difference in poverty and relative poverty.