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Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents, 1935-1996 / Edition 1

Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents, 1935-1996 / Edition 1

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

  • What role should the government play in alleviating poverty?
  • What does a government owe its citizens, and who is entitled to help?
  • How have race and gender shaped economic opportunities and outcomes?
  • How should Americans respond to increasing rates of single parenthood?
  • How have poor women sought to shape their own lives and influence government policies?

With a comprehensive introduction and a well-chosen collection of primary documents, Welfare in the United States chronicles the major turning points in the seventy-year history of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Illuminating policy debates, shifting demographics, institutional change, and the impact of social movements, this book serves as an essential guide to the history of the nation's most controversial welfare program.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415989794
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/10/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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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