St. Paul, MN 55102
Since the 1870s when the term “homelessness” first appeared in print in the US, mainstream Americans have called unhoused people by different names–tramp, hobo, bum–but consistently adjudged them to be either romantic avatars of freedom or too sick or lazy to hold a job and be active participants in society.
Yet the phenomenon of homelessness, especially since the late 1970s, is grounded not in the illness or perceived deficiencies of the unhoused, but in shifting job markets, social policy, real estate development, criminal justice, and corporate power.
How did the changing nature of cities and urban development lead to modern homelessness in America?
Daniel Kerr is an associate professor of history at American University and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
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Please note: This program is also offered at 10 a.m.
Masks and social distancing will be required in the auditorium during the program.
This program is made possible by the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund.
2021-12-04 14:00:00 2021-12-04 14:00:00 America/Chicago The Recent Roots of Present-Day Homelessness with Daniel Kerr Minnesota History Center