A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia / Edition 1

A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia / Edition 1

by Lisa Levenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807871648

ISBN-13: 9780807871645

Pub. Date: 08/30/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Lisa Levenstein reframes highly charged debates over the origins of chronic African American poverty and the social policies and political struggles that led to the postwar urban crisis. A Movement Without Marches follows poor black women as they traveled from some of Philadelphia's most impoverished neighborhoods into its welfare offices, courtrooms, public

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Lisa Levenstein reframes highly charged debates over the origins of chronic African American poverty and the social policies and political struggles that led to the postwar urban crisis. A Movement Without Marches follows poor black women as they traveled from some of Philadelphia's most impoverished neighborhoods into its welfare offices, courtrooms, public housing, schools, and hospitals, laying claim to an unprecedented array of government benefits and services. With these resources came new constraints, as public officials frequently responded to women's efforts by limiting benefits and attempting to control their personal lives. Scathing public narratives about women's "dependency" and their children's "illegitimacy" placed African American women and public institutions at the center of the growing opposition to black migration and civil rights in northern U.S. cities. Countering stereotypes that have long plagued public debate, Levenstein offers a new paradigm for understanding postwar U.S. history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871645
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/30/2010
Series:
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
517,804
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: The Multidimensionality of Poverty in a Postwar City 1

1 "Tired of Being Seconds" on ADC 31

2 Hard Choices at 1801 Vine 63

3 Housing, Not a Home 89

4 "Massive Resistance" in the Public Schools 121

5 A Hospital of Their Own 157

Conclusion 181

Appendix: Note on First-Person Sources 193

Notes 201

Bibliography 259

Index 285

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