HIST 1103, Section 903 – Honors Survey of American History

Laura A. Belmonte

Spring 2002


Book Assignment for Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America


To Read: entire text (221 pages)


Due by 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 9th.


Write a 5-7 page, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font essay (including introduction and conclusion) in which you summarize the author’s major arguments and answer (in whatever order you find appropriate) the following questions:


-Why did Ehrenreich write this book?


-What tactics did she use to investigate low-wage workers?


-What types of jobs and experiences does she have?


-Have you had similar experiences?  If so, provide examples.


-What kinds of statistics does Ehrenreich use to support her personal experiences?


-Has this book changed your views of poverty and low-wage workers?  Explain your answers.


-Does Ehrenreich offer a workable solution to the problems facing the poor?  Can you think of alternatives?


-Did you like this book?  Should I assign it again?  Explain your answers.