An Interview With Peter Edelman on “Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America”

Karen Dolan recently had the opportunity to talk with Georgetown Law professor, Peter Edelman, to discuss his decades of anti-poverty work and his new book, So Rich So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty In America. Peter Edelman was legislative aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and accompanied Kennedy on his 1967 visits to the Deep South to understand hunger and poverty in this country and how to fix it. Edelman also served as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services years later under President Bill Clinton. He resigned this post in to protest Clinton’s signing of the welfare reform legislation that converted the federal anti-poverty cash-assistance entitlement into a state block grant program which severely restricted the availability of cash assistance to those in need.

Huffington Post


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