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Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis Through Civic Works

Scott Myers-Lipton

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ISBN 10: 1594517215 / ISBN 13: 9781594517211
Published by Routledge, 2009
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Title: Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis...

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Edition: 1.

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In Obama's America public works is once again a part of the national dialogue. Today it is offered as a solution to the economic downturn and to the public infrastructure crisis. This timely book examines the reasons for the economic crisis facing Main Street, and connects them to why the nation has structurally deficient bridges, weak levees, poorly maintained dams, and dilapidated schools. The book goes on to analyse the history of US public works, updating lessons from the New Deal, to understand the most effective way to organise a modern US civic works project, based on a civic works pilot project for the Gulf Coast. One chapter features new contributions by Howard Zinn, Angela Glover Blackwell, and other leading scholars and thinkers weighing in on how an US civic works project might solve our economic, infrastructure, and environmental crises.

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Scott J. Myers-Lipton, Professor of Sociology at San Jose State University, is the author of Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis through Civic Works and Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society, as well as numerous scholarly articles. He founded the successful effort to raise the minimum wage in San Jose´ from $8 to $10, and the Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign, an initiative to develop 100,000 prevailing wage jobs for local and displaced workers after Hurricane Katrina. He has worked to help students develop solutions to poverty by taking them to live at homeless shelters, the Navajo and Lakota nations, the US Gulf Coast, and Kingston, Jamaica.

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