Homeless Children in the United States

Dispossession and Rights Foreclosed
  • Valerie Polakow
  • Huayun Xu
Part of the Constructing Knowledge book series (CKCS, volume 5)


In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens – a substantial part of its whole population – who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life …. I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. It is not in despair that I paint you that picture. I paint it for you in hope – because the nation, seeing and understanding the injustice of it, proposes to paint it out.


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