Thank you, Sarah. I have done a rethink and revision of my cause and effect essay. Please take a look when you have the time. Your suggestions are very helpful and are greatly appreciated.
A Family of Poverty
Why was I born into poverty? Poverty has many causes. The most logical place to begin is an examination of poverty as my family issue. I will begin by defining poverty in my family history. After having defined poverty, I will look into the different causes and effects of my family's poverty and the importance and lasting effects of in my own life. Poverty in my family history is the lack of education and money. My grandfather Cash was a full time farmer and a butcher in town for five days of each week. He had an eighth grade education. My grandmother Cash was a full time mother of six and worked for a local cotton mill for a period of twelve years. She had an eighth grade education. My grandfather Taylor was the only worker in my mother's family. He never made it past the sixth grade in school. My grandmother Taylor was a full time mother of eight. She had her first child at fifteen and had little to no school in her records. My grandparents on both sides were recipients of food stamps for many years. All of my grandparents suffered through the Great Depression. My grandfather Cash died in 1958 and my grandmother was left alone to raise my dad. My dad did not cope with losing his father and was in trouble often. Due to being in trouble so many times, my dad quit school after the eighth grade and was placed in a boys' home. My dad would not receive his high school diploma until 1977. Due to lack of education and low paying jobs my dad was earning between $2 and $2.50 an hour when I was a child. My mother quit high school in 1971 as a senior and married and never obtained her high school diploma. I was born in 1972. Due to lack of education and few jobs available, my mother worked as a convenience store clerk and a waitress. She never earned more than two dollars an hour. In the mid 1970's, my dad lost his job and my mother was unemployed too. Inflation was 11% and prices on materials and services were on the rise. The cost of a first-class stamp was $0.13, the cost of a gallon of regular gas was $0.62, the cost of a dozen eggs was $0.82, and the cost of a gallon of Milk was $1.68. The cost of goods and unemployment spelled disaster. As a result of poverty, my parents divorced and my family's life was fragmented forever. Due to poverty, I dropped out of school and applied for a job in a factory. Now it is almost twenty years later and I'm back in school and working due to poverty. Poverty has many causes. A family of poverty has lasting effects.