• Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change by Marian Wright Edelman

Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change by Marian Wright Edelman


This book describes the overall and comparative status of black and white children and families in America; the unacceptable human and public costs that result from widespread child and family poverty; our nation’s failure to invest adequately and preventively in all our young – black and white, poor and middle class alike, the historical role of government in bolstering families – a tradition inadequately extended to our poorest and minority families, and the strong black traditions of self-help in a society unwilling to open doors for blacks as it did for others. I will explain why we need greater policy emphasis on preventing the poverty that makes children our poorest Americans and that threatens to produce what some label a permanent “underclass”; call for immediate, comprehensive national campaigns to prevent teenage pregnancy, infant mortality, and early childhood deprivation as a means of long-term deficit reduction as well as child-survival strategies; and outline the need for and ingredients of more effective leadership at all levels of American society if we are to redirect misguided national priorities and remove the economic and social barriers that cripple millions of children and families and rob America of vitally needed human resources for the twenty-first century. 122 pages
       Paperback published in 1987