Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents, 1935-1996

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Overview

Welfare has been central to a number of significant political debates in modern America:
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Editorial Reviews

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"With wide ranging perspectives, nearly century-long coverage, and choice documents, this short but powerful collection shows why welfare remains one of the most contentious issues in public policy. Three cheers for Nadasen, Mittelstadt, and Chappell for this stimulating- and provocative - introduction that highlights the significance of race and gender in women's lives."

Eileen Boris, author or The New Women’s Labor History

"The story of contemporary welfare policy in the United States is complicated and deeply troubled by poisonous conflicts over race, class and gender. Here, however, we have a telling of the story that is admirably clear and concise, and enlivened by the inclusion of the documents that mark and illuminate the turning points in the story. This will be an excellent teaching resource."

Frances Fox Piven, author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415989794
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,085,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Premilla Nadasen is Visiting Associate Professor and Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies at Brooklyn College. She is the author of Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge).

Jennifer Mittelstadt is Assistant Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. She is the author of From Welfare to Workfare: The Unintended Consequences of Liberal Reform, 1945-1965.

Marisa Chappell is Assistant Professor of History at Oregon State University. She is the author of The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America.

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Table of Contents

List of Documents vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 AFDC in the Early Years: The 1930s and 1940s 9

Chapter 2 New Debates about Welfare, Motherhood, and Work: The 1950s and Early 1960s 23

Chapter 3 Welfare Rights and Welfare Reform: The 1960s and 1970s 39

Chapter 4 The End of Welfare as We Knew It: The 1980s and 1990s 63

Introduction to the Documents 85

Documents 87

Notes 222

References and Further Reading 225

Permissions Acknowledgments 229

Index 233

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