Here is the blurb on this book:
Let Them Eat Ketchup! The Politics of Poverty and Inequality, by Sheila Collins, Monthly Review Press, 1996. This book begins by examining inequality in the United States, arguing that that the persistence of poverty must be understood in the context of gender, race and class. After examining the politics of setting the poverty level in the United States, the book turns to an analysis of research that has been done on the causes of poverty. This is followed by an overview of government anti-poverty programs from the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt through welfare reform during the Clinton Administration. The final section of the book suggests that the new globalized economy makes things more difficult for working people and briefly explains how the nation can change course. A key argument is that some members of society benefit from the presence of a class of poor people and change requires mass-based political activity.