Battle for Welfare Rights Politics and Poverty in Modern America

ISBN-10: 0812220250

ISBN-13: 9780812220254

Edition: 2007

Authors: Felicia Kornbluh

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The Battle for Welfare Rights chronicles an American war on poverty fought first and foremost by poor people themselves. It tells the fascinating story of the National Welfare Rights Organization, the largest membership organization of low-income people in U.S. history. Setting that story in the context of its turbulent times, the 1960s and early 1970s, historian Felicia Kornbluh shows how closely tied that story was to changes in mainstream politics, both nationally and locally in New York City. The Battle for Welfare Rights offers new insight into women's activism, poverty policy, civil rights, urban politics, law, consumerism, social work, and the rise of modern conservatism. It tells, for the first time, the complete story of a movement that profoundly affected the meaning of citizenship and the social contract in the United States.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 12/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Inventing Welfare Rights
Citizens of the Affluent Society
Legal Civil Disobedience
On a Collision Course
Give Us Credit for Being American
Nixon, Moynihan, and Real Live Welfare Moms
End of an Era
Conclusion
List of Oral History Interviews
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments
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