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Limerick Ireland, poverty, living in rags
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Anti-Poverty Organizations | Out of Poverty Caucus

Anti-Poverty Organizations | Out of Poverty Caucus | Angela's Ashes | Scoop.it
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This group was founded in 2007 and was formed in response to the rising numbers of Americans falling out of the middle class and into poverty due to the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration. Their goals are to reduce unemployment and ensure a fair and livable wage for all Americans and to end hunger. Brings people and organizations together to find solution to poverty.

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All Over But the Shoutin'

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A New York Times Notable Book of the YearThis haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the...
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This would be an interesting book to read because it also discuss how and person lived through poverty and made a change to get out.

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washingtonpost.com: Rosa Lee's Story: A Difficult Journey

washingtonpost.com: Rosa Lee's Story: A Difficult Journey | Angela's Ashes | Scoop.it
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This article talks about the life of Rosa Lee and the struggles she went through out her life. She did not have an easy life but he worked through the hard times so her family could survive. She would do anything for her family by provide food and shelter. She would anything for money to help support her family. Poverty is a phenomenon that has devastated Americans of all races, in rural and urban communities, but it has disproportionately affected black Americans living in the nation's inner cities.

This article relates to the story i read because Frank went through the same troubles and hardships. They both hard little no money for most of their life. They were both affected by poverty and living rundown cities and living in rags at times. At times Frank thought he would never be able to get out of poverty but he kept on going and one day finally made it to America.

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Sacred Heart, Devotion to

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This article talks about the sacred heart which devoted catholics would have statutes in their houses to remind them. Sacred Heart focuses attention on the physical heart of Jesus Christ as the symbol of His threefold redemptive love. First love is human love and second is sensible love and the last on is spiritual love. At one time it was customary to set the beginning of this devotion at about the year 1000, since the devotion as a distinctive form of cult to the Heart of the God-Man as symbol of His love appeared only in the early Middle Ages.

This Sacred Heart relates to the story, Angela's Ashes, because when the family or Frank visits Angela' mother house you can see the Sacred Heart throughout the place. Frank' grandmother is a very devoted catholic who tries to make frank devoted to the religion. She is mad because Angela didn't teach the kids about the Sacred Heart. " Grandma says, Don't these children know anything about their religion? and Mam tells her it's different in America. Grandma says the Sacred Heart is everywhere and there's no excuse for that kind of ignorance" (McCourt 57).

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In every cup of bitterness, sweetness: California Christianity in the Great Depression

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This article is about living through the Great Depression and what hardship fell upon the fellow citizens of America. It also describes what went wrong and what were the major symbols of that time period."Take, for instance, two of the more significant symbols of the Great Depression: the bank and the farm--runs on the former, mournful walks away from the latter"(Ebel). 635 bank suspensions and failures in the United States every year.Poverty and economic suffering were terrible and the relationship between these conditions and modern capitalism. The price farmers would sell crops decreased over the years. Family could barely feed their children and many died of hunger and diseases. People had no money and parents could not find a job any where. They would search all day and come up with nothing.

This articles relates to the book because it describes how Frank lived in America for his first five years and how he lived in Limerick Ireland. His dad never could hold a job for more than three weeks because he would drink all money away on Friday at the pubs. He would come home late and make is kid sing songs and make them promise to die for Ireland. He left his kids hungry for many week. Frank mother would ask help from her neighbors to give here kid any kind of food. So when Frank's dad was very hard to find and job in Limerick because of his northern accent.

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Angela's Ashes

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“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood...
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The book I read was called Angela's Ashes it is a memoir of Frank McCourt. This story is about Frank living first in New York and then moving to the slum of Limerick Ireland. This is all happening during the great depression so food is scare and so is money. When his father has a job his spends the wages on drinks. While living in New York Frank's parent have another kid which is a girl and Frank's father really turns his life around. He doesn't spend his wages on a pint at the pubs and spends more time with the family. Until one night Margaret dies and Frank's Dad goes drinking again and his mother goes into a depression. With the lost of the child they can't live in New York and decides to go back to Ireland to start over. In Limerick Ireland Malachy can't keep a job for more then a couple of week because he spends it all at the pubs. One thing the boys like about their father was the stories he told about Cuchulain an Ireland Hero.Finding a new job is hard for Malachy because of his northern accent which people in Limerick don't like. Frank goes to school and when he is nine Malachy teaches him Latin so he can be an altar boy. So when they go to the priest to get him accept they didn't let him in because he is poor and lives in rags. Couple of years later frank helps with uncle Pa with the paper delivery. One house their is old ma who wants Frank to read to him and Frank does it and got paid some money. Then Frank gets a job as telegram messanger. world war 2 starts and Malachy goes off to war to get money for his family.Eventually Frank get enough money to go America by saving a little of his paycheck every time. So when has the money he says goodbye to his family and goes on the ship to America. telling them stories of Cuchulian an Ireland hero.


The themes of this book is poverty which involves hunger and limitations because class. Frank faces hunger over most of his life because he never had money for food. His father would spend most of the money he got from his work on drinks at the bar and come home very late and have no money to fed his hungry children. "When Dad comes home with the drink smell there's no money and Mam screams at him till the twins cry" (McCourt 42). The other theme of story is that Frank doesn't get the same opportunites as other because he is not in the same class. Even though Frank is intelligent, quick-witted, and eager student. He is shun because he wears rags for clothes.


I really enjoyed this book because the story sheds light on what people went through during the depression. Also how people with little to no money to buy food and clothes. In this book it show how Frank lived through all the hardship of losing three siblings and the toll it put on everyone in the family.

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Park Avenue: money, power and the American dream - Why Poverty?

How much inequality is too much? To find out more and get teaching resources linked to the film, go to www.whypoverty.net 740 Park Ave, New York City, is hom...
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From the authors Why Poverty? we do want people to think and ask questions. What is it like to live in poverty? How does it shape you? Why are people still hungry? Why does it matter? What can I do to change the situation? These are the main question they want to people to answer and they tried to answer in this documentary. They also discuss money, power and the American dream.

This relates to the book because it describes what kinds of things Frank went through. Also shows what Frank dreamed of since leaving New York as a boy and then returning back to America to start his life over again. This documentary should showed how the poverty started and what things could help cure the epidemic and Frank lived through that.

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Singing My Him Song

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Malachy McCourt, bestselling author of A Monk Swimming, shares the extraordinary story of how he went from living the headlong and heedle...
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This would be an enjoyable book to read because the author is the brother of the author i read about. It would be interesting see how their early life was like from two different points of view.

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Why Can’t We End Poverty in America?

Why Can’t We End Poverty in America? | Angela's Ashes | Scoop.it
After years of effort and money, 46 million Americans are poor. Hope nonetheless remains.
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This article talks about how poverty affects the world as a whole and individuals. They article talks about how governments try and help the poor. In the United States the lowest percentage in poverty since we started counting was 11.1 percent in 1973. The rate climbed as high as 15.2 percent in 1983. So poverty is still very important today. U.S has many programs like social security and food stamps to help relieve the pressure of poverty. The percentage of poverty would be doubled if not for helping programs. Also there is many low wages jobs out there with many people looking that can't support their family.

This article relates to the book because it say that there were many people who survived and lived through poverty. Also there were place that help the poor by giving them boot and other little thing they could live with. Frank parents would get money from the dole but Malachy Frank's father would spend it all at the pubs.

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Cuchulain

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This article talks about Ireland hero Cuchulain. He is one of the greatest heroes of Irish mythology and legend who the Irish loved and believe in. He is like the equivelent of Achilles to the greek or King Arthur to the British. Sétanta was his given name but changed after killing the watchdog of the smith Cullan it was an accident. This article talks about the trials he had to go through to marry Emer. Emer's Father insist that he proves his valor and courage so he was put through trials. First had to be trained by Scatha the war goddess. He repaid Scatha by fighting her enemy Aife. A famous bronze statue of Cuchulain created by Oliver Sheppard can be found in the Dublin Post Office.

This article relates to the Angela's Ashe because when Frank was young his father told him stories of Cuchulain. Frank loved the stories his father told on how Cuchulain was strong and how he fought for Ireland and he was devoted to the land to protect everyone. One story his father told him was about how Cuchulain got his name. "Setanta had a stick and ball and one day he hit the ball and went into the mouth of a big dog that belonged to Culain and choked him...I'm sorry. I'll guard your house with my stick and ball and I'll change my name to Cuchulain, the Hound of Culain" (McCourt 21) In memory of Cuchulain they built statue of him. "I'm looking at him at last, Cuchulain,there on his pedestal in the G.P.O. He's golden and he has long hair, his head is hanging and there's a big bird perched on his shoulder" (McCourt 56).

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Limerick Ireland

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This is the country in Ireland where the main character Frank spends most of his early years. Limerick is in the south of Ireland.

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