Edwin Brown's "Broke: The Man Without a Dime"

Edwin Brown's "Broke: The Man Without a Dime"

Author: 
Edwin Brown

Edwin Brown spends three years experiencing life as a penniless man, wearing "the emblems of honest toil" in Denver, Chicago, New York and Washington from 1909 to 1912. He also met with the elite of each city to discuss his findings and urge action.

Book Excerpt: 
"I am trying to solve these questions: Are our efforts to help the unfortunate through the medium of our 'Charities' and our 'Missions' and our churches all failures? Why is crime rampant in our cities? Why are our hospitals, almshouses, our jails, and our prisons crowded to overflowing? And these questions have resolved themselves for me into one mighty problem: Why is there destitution at all, -- why is there poverty and suffering amidst abundance and plenty? ... "I shall ask my reader to go with me and see for himself the conditions existing in our great cities -- to view the plight of the homeless, penniless wayfarer, who because of the shortsightedness of our municipalities, is denied his right to decent, wholesome food and to sanitary shelter for a night. And my concern is not only the homeless man, but the homeless woman, for there are many such who walk our streets, and often with helpless babes at their breasts and little children at their sides. . . ."
Year of Publication: 
Wed, 1913-01-01
Rights Information: 
public domain
City of Publication: 
Chicago
Book Publisher: 
Brown & Howell