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Sarah Palin as Dorothy

Sarah Palin’s attraction in part lay in the way that she seemed to be a reincarnation of MGM’s Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Moll Flanders: How to Make It in Hard Times

If my students enjoy “Moll Flanders,” it may be because of their large debt load and uncertain job prospects.

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Standing in a Long Unemployment Line

Poet Philip Levine knows what it is to stand in a long line looking for work.

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Dickens’ Children Expose Class Unfairness

Charles Dickens’ Sissy Jupe, in her innocence, could teach the GOP something about its insensitivity to the needs of the poor.

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Compassion for the Poor Is Not Enough

Speaking with the head as well as the heart against oppressive class conditions is necessary in novels as in public policy.

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The Cost of Poverty: “Unnatural Cruelties”

As the Census Bureau reports the highest number of poor people since it has been publishing figures, it’s worth turning to George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara,” which reveals the true cost of poverty.

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