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Storming Caesar's Palace How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty

ISBN-10: 0807050318
ISBN-13: 9780807050316
Edition: 2006
Authors: Annelise Orleck
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Description: In Storming Caesars Palace, historian Annelise Orleck tells the compelling story of how a group of welfare mothers built one of this country"s most successful antipoverty programs. Declaring "We can do it and do it better," these women proved that  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 7/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

In Storming Caesars Palace, historian Annelise Orleck tells the compelling story of how a group of welfare mothers built one of this country"s most successful antipoverty programs. Declaring "We can do it and do it better," these women proved that poor mothers are the real experts on poverty. In 1972 they founded Operation Life, which was responsible for many firsts for the poor in Las Vegas-the first library, medical center, daycare center, job training, and senior citizen housing. By the late 1970s, Operation Life was bringing millions of dollars into the community. These women became influential in Washington, DC-respected and listened to by political heavyweights such as Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ted Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter. Though they lost their funding with the country"s move toward conservatism in the 1980s, their struggles and phenomenal triumphs still stand as a critical lesson about what can be achieved when those on welfare chart their own course. "An up-close and personal account of nine strong-minded African-American women who became welfare-rights activists in Las Vegas . . . A worthy history of the country"s changing attitudes toward welfare and the various attempts to eradicate poverty." -Kirkus Reviews Annelise Orleck is associate professor of history and women"s and gender studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Common Sense and a Little Fire and Soviet Jewish Americans and coeditor of The Politics of Motherhood. Orleck lives in Thetford Center, Vermont, with her partner and their two children.

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