Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on Social Security and Welfare

Overview

Covering such critically important laws as the Homestead Act of 1862, the Social Security Act of 1935, Medicare and Medicaid, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, and many others, this resource is perfect for students looking for a thorough and understandable examination of the laws that created America's social insurance system.

America is a welfare state. When 2/5 of Americans receive some type of financial assistance from the government, and federal spending ...

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Overview

Covering such critically important laws as the Homestead Act of 1862, the Social Security Act of 1935, Medicare and Medicaid, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, and many others, this resource is perfect for students looking for a thorough and understandable examination of the laws that created America's social insurance system.

America is a welfare state. When 2/5 of Americans receive some type of financial assistance from the government, and federal spending on retirement pensions, health care, and income security programs approaches one trillion dollars per year, one can hardly argue otherwise. Faced with seemingly insurmountable cultural, political, and constitutional obstacles, how did a welfare state actually come to be constructed in America? The laws in this volume provide an answer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313313431
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2002
  • Series: Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws
  • Edition description: Student Edition
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN G. LIVINGSTON is Associate Professor of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also a Research Associate with the Business and Economic Research Center located on the MTSU campus.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Timeline of Social Security and Welfare Laws
Introduction 1
1 The Homestead Act of 1862 11
2 The Civil War Pension System 19
3 The Children's Bureau (1912) 27
4 The Infancy and Maternity Protection Act of 1921 (Sheppard-Towner Act) 31
5 The Social Security Act of 1935 37
6 The Social Security Act Amendments of 1939 59
7 The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (The G.I. Bill) 71
8 The Social Security Act Amendments of 1950 83
9 Federal Disability Insurance: The Social Security Act Amendments of 1956 93
10 Aid for Families with Dependent Children and the Emergence of Modern Welfare: The Public Welfare Amendments of 1962 103
11 The War on Poverty: The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 113
12 The Food Stamp Act of 1964 127
13 Medicare and Medicaid: The Social Security Amendments of 1965 137
14 Employment Security Amendments of 1970 153
15 COLAs and Supplemental Security Income: The Social Security Amendments of 1972 163
16 The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children: The WIC Program (1972) 179
17 The Earned Income Tax Credit 187
18 Saving Social Security: The Social Security Amendments of 1983 193
19 The Family Support Act of 1988 209
20 The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 223
21 The Senior Citizens' Freedom to Work Act of 2000 239
Glossary 243
Bibliography 247
Index 253
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