AMERICA'S STRUGGLE AGAINST POVERTY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY [NOOK Book]

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This new edition of Patterson's widely used book carries the story of battles over poverty and social welfare through what the author calls the "amazing 1990s," those years of extraordinary performance of the economy. He explores a range of issues arising from the economic phenomenon—increasing inequality and demands for use of an improved poverty definition. He focuses the story on the impact of the highly controversial welfare reform of 1996, passed by a Republican Congress and signed by a Democratic President ...

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AMERICA'S STRUGGLE AGAINST POVERTY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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Overview

This new edition of Patterson's widely used book carries the story of battles over poverty and social welfare through what the author calls the "amazing 1990s," those years of extraordinary performance of the economy. He explores a range of issues arising from the economic phenomenon—increasing inequality and demands for use of an improved poverty definition. He focuses the story on the impact of the highly controversial welfare reform of 1996, passed by a Republican Congress and signed by a Democratic President Clinton, despite the laments of anguished liberals.

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Editorial Reviews

Fortune
[Patterson's] perspective on poverty continues to be an influential one in the debate about which policies help and which hurt the poor ... Readers will be reminded of many things they had forgotten, will learn some things they never knew, and will be provoked to new questions.
— Herbert Stein
Political Science Quarterly
A splendid introduction to and review of the attitudes in the United States toward the poor and of efforts to ameliorate their condition...Patterson treats his subject with verve, energy, and considerable style...No one with any interest in the subject can afford to ignore it.
— Daniel J. Leab
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674041943
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enlarged edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,188,514
  • File size: 564 KB

Meet the Author

James T. Patterson is Professor of History at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

I The Preventive Impulse, 1900-1930
1 Snapshots of the Poor 3
2 The Gospel of Prevention, Progressive Style 19
II Coping and Rehabilitation, 1930-1960
3 The Poor in the Depression 37
4 The Early Welfare State 55
5 Withering Away 76
III Doors to Opportunity, 1960-1965
6 The Rediscovery of Poverty 97
7 A Culture of Poverty? 112
8 Girding for War on Poverty 122
9 OEO: A Hand Up, Not a Handout 138
IV The Unsung Revolution, 1965-1973
10 The Revolution in Social Welfare 153
11 The Welfare Explosion 166
12 Floors and Doors 179
V Reactions, 1980-2000
13 Stalemate 193
14 Regression in the Early 1980s 204
15 Welfare Reform: No Consensus 217
16 The Amazing 1990s 234
Notes 245
Resources 302
Index 305
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