The other america isbn the book was a study of poverty in the united states published in 1962 by macmillan it found a small but emerging audience in an america that was developing a greater self awareness after the struggles of world war ii and the korean war. Activist and writer michael harrington 1928 1989 published the other america poverty in the united states in 1962 read by president kennedy and many others this highly influential book argued that despite americas apparent postwar prosperity tens of millions of americans were stuck in desperate poverty. In 2011 extreme poverty in the united states meaning households living on less than 2 per day before government benefits was double 1996 levels at 15 million households including 28 million children in 2012 the percentage of seniors living in poverty was 14 while 18 of children were. In 1962 a small book was published to some acclaim by a political scientist named michael harrington the book entitled the other america poverty in the united states shocked the rather small audience that actually read the book with the premise that nearly one fourth of the united states population was living at or below the poverty line. 50 years later poverty and the other america 50 years later poverty and the other america maurice isserman squarf winter 2012 when michael harringtons the other america poverty in the united states first appeared in bookstores in march 1962 its author had modest hopes for its success expecting to sell at most a few thousand copies instead the book proved a publishing phenomenon
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