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From the Publisher"Makes an important contribution to an understanding of the cultural, social and political factors that contributed to the adoption of the Social Security Act. . . . [Poole's] meticulous scholarship and attention to detail sets an exemplary standard for future research."
— Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
"This well-researched book makes a valuable addition to our knowledge of the racial origins of the welfare state."
— American Historical Review
"A long overdue book. . . . A detailed reading. . . . No one interested in the foundations of the modern U.S. welfare state can afford to ignore [Poole's] analysis."
— The Journal of Social History