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Family Breakdown and Poverty

In the half century since Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s seminal report, the pattern he identified has shown itself in the lives of poor Americans of all races. The problems remain worst in the black community, and the history and realities of racism that Moynihan pointed to are surely important contributing factors, but the challenge of family disintegration plainly runs deeper and broader than that.