Book Forum

Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do about It

WND Books, 2003

March 25, 2004 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring Star Parker; with comments by Debra Dickerson, Columnist, Beliefnet​.com; John McWhorter, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute.

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Despite trillions of dollars spent on social programs since the 1960s, there is little evidence that the poor have benefited. In a blistering critique, former welfare mother Star Parker discusses how government has harmed rather than helped the poor—and what citizens can do to fight back. Parker, the president and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, encourages faith and individual responsibility to empower the poor to escape Uncle Sam’s “sophisticated poverty plantation.” Commenting on the book will be John McWhorter, author of Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care; and Debra Dickerson, author of the book The End of Blackness.