Underserved: Harnessing the Principles of Lincoln’s Vision for Reconstruction for Today’s Forgotten Communities is a tangible blueprint for today's conservative that provides a viable political plan of action to address the needs of underserved communities. Inspired by the often-used moniker "The Party of Lincoln,” along with conservative principles set forth by centuries of the movement's most recognized thought leaders, Underserved examines Lincoln's intentions for Reconstruction, President Grant's aims to implement that vision, and Frederick Douglass's influence on both. It brings home the very real impact of a failed plan that has had negative implications on modern America, whether conservative, moderate, or liberal.
By utilizing this historical plan as the lynchpin for a new framework that serves disenfranchised communities, authors Ja'Ron K. Smith and Chris Pilkerton challenge conservative policymakers to employ strategies that mirror those originally presented over 160 years ago and adapted for a modern world. The strategies presented are tied not only to the vision of American conservative icons of the past but reflect modern-day conservative thinkers and the work of the Republican Party. From education and workforce development to criminal justice reform and healthcare disparities, Underserved makes a bold statement about what is necessary to see a change for the underserved and presents a realistic action plan to make it happen. The book identifies the foundational role of key institutions in implementing this plan and addresses the economic and social components necessary for it to succeed, all while stressing the critical components of Intentionality, Trust, Collaboration, Outcomes, and Use of Data. This approach makes Underserved a vital read for politicians on both sides of the aisle along with everyday voters, agents of change, and those ready to see a plan that will produce results.