Those are the words of 17 year old LeAlan Jones from Chicago quoted in a powerful book entitled "A People's History Of Poverty In America". Jones is quoted as saying, "I live in the ghetto. I'm supposed to be a loser. I'm supposed to be on the 6 o'clock news shooting people's heads off. I'm the person that does't vote...I'm not supposed to be positive. I'm not supposed to be educated. I'm not supposed to know what I know. But I do". Kirkus Reviews says "A People's History Of Poverty In America" "Illuminates history of America's poor...A useful counter against those who blame the poor for their bad luck" & Bookforum states "Informative & insightful history of poverty in America". As our country faces a profound economic downturn & with 37 million Americans already currently classified as living in poverty, it is only through a real understanding of poverty & its history that Americans can make the best choices for their future. "A People's History Of Poverty In America" will open readers' eyes & ears to the experiences of those Americans whose stories have gone untold for too long". Stephen Pimpare is the author of this riveting read. Pimpare teaches American politics & social welfare police at Yeshiva College & the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Until I read this book, I always thought the Wurzweiler School had something to do with organs & organ repair! That's what I get for thinking! Check out the book available now from The New Press & open your eyes to what is really going on.