If America's gross national income of over $14 trillion were divided evenly between the entire US population, every household could call itself middle class. Yet the income level disparity in the US is w wider than at any point since the Great Depression. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young African Americans.
Peter Edelman is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center. A top adviser to Senator Robert F. Kennedy from 1964 to 1968, he went on to fill various roles in President Bill Clinton s administration, from which he famously resigned in protest after Clinton signed the 1996 welfare reform legislation. He lives in Washington, D.C.