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Income Inequality in New Orleans: Background information when reading The Revisioners

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The Revisioners

by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

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The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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    Nov 2019, 288 pages
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Income Inequality in New Orleans

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In Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's The Revisioners, mixed race protagonist Ava moves into her aging white grandmother's ostentatious New Orleans mansion in order to help out, and also to save money so she can one day afford to buy a home of her own. Throughout the novel, Sexton paints a vivid picture of the income inequality evident in different areas of the city.

New Orleans

In a 2018 report by the Brookings Institute on income inequality in American cities, New Orleans came in at number four (out of the 100 most populous cities in the country). Brookings notes that the 20th percentile of households earn an average yearly income of just $12,373, while the 95th percentile earn an average of $203,254. (To put things in perspective, the average income for American households in 2018 was $61,372, and the poverty line for a family of three in the U.S. in 2019 is $21,330.) This is actually an improvement for New Orleans, which placed at number two in a similar report conducted by Bloomberg in ...

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