UNDERCLASS ARTICLES REVIEW SHEET
STUDENT ID# _______________________
A. Summarize article # 1 in 10 lines.
This article by Nicholas Lemann explains how economic times have caused a distinct change in
a once busy neighborhood. Lemann says that standing at Chicago’s 47th St. and South Parkway
today feels completely different. There are no more colored doctors, salespeople, lawyers or
dentists as they used to be long time ago. Today, it is almost impossible to stand at the same
place without wondering what went wrong. During the day, South Parkway lacks any form of
bustle although the shopping strips still exist while others are gone entirely. The author explains
that poverty in the area has geared up with various problems being evidenced in the ghettos. As a
result, different people including President Reagan have commissioned a study of reform of
welfare in the area which is intended to dismantle or disintegrate the state warfare.
B. State three (3) of the main points of the article.
1. The effects of economic degradation
2. Black illegitimacy and growth of ghettos
C. How does this article contribute to our understanding of the “Underclass”