The first edition of Tally's Corner, a sociological classic, was the first compelling response to the culture of poverty thesis hat the poor are different and, according to conservatives, morally inferior--and alternative explanations that many African Americans are caught in a tangle of pathology owing to the absence of black men in families. William Julius Wilson's new introduction to this long-awaited revised edition bring the book up to date.
Elliot Liebow (1925-1994) served as chief of the Center for the Study of Work and Mental Health of the National Institute of Mental Health. Liebow wrote Tally's Corner as his Ph.D. dissertation at the Catholic University of America. He also published Tell Them Who I Am, a study of homeless women in America, in 1993.