America's Struggle Against Poverty in the Twentieth Century

America's Struggle Against Poverty in the Twentieth Century

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By (author) James T. Patterson

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  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 334 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674004345
  • ISBN 13: 9780674004344
  • Edition: 4, Enlarged
  • Edition statement: 4th Enlarged edition

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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 Clinton, despite the laments of anguished liberals.

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

Review quote

[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 Fortune 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 Political Science Quarterly

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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 Clinton, despite the laments of anguished liberals.

Table of contents

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