Essential Reading: Class Consciousness in America

By Sutoscience

By Sutoscience

Class consciousness is learned. This list contains some of my favorite journalists and their hands-on reporting about the state of poverty, income inequality, and classism in America today. These books changed my perspective and challenged my assumptions about our country, and I hope you find them as essential as I do.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond

$18.00 $16.56

Think the renter's market is fair? Think again. The cycle of eviction can create chaos in the lives of the working class. This book is essential because of the extraordinarily empathetic (and prize-winning) reporting and the way it documents the lives of its subjects.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Anniversary)

Barbara Ehrenreich

$17.00 $15.64

By now, you've probably heard of this legendary piece of reporting, where Ehrenreich goes "undercover" as low-wage workers, trying to make ends meet in different cities as a Wal Mart employee, maid, server, and more. She reveals that even with every advantage, the system is stacked against those at the bottom. An essential read if you want to understand why class consciousness is critical to helping in easing the suffering of so many in this country.