American Dream Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare

ISBN-10: 0670892750

ISBN-13: 9780670892754

Edition: 2004

Authors: Jason DeParle

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Bill Clinton vowed to end welfare as we know it in his first run for president in 1992. Four years later, Congress translated a catchy slogan into a law that sent nine million women and children streaming from the rolls. Did it work? In his definitive book on this unprecedented upheaval in social policy, New York Timesreporter and two- time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle follows three women in one extended family to a set of surprising answers. Cutting between the corridors of Washington and the meanest streets of Milwaukee, DeParle tracks the story from the White House to the local crack house. After twelve years on welfare, Angie, a truculent mother of three, finds a job and a 401(k) and a boyfriend who tries to shoot her. Her cousin Jewell, glamorous even in sweatpants, adores the children she struggles to support. Opal combines an antic wit with an appetite for cocaine while the welfare agency that is supposed to help her squanders its millions. Drawing on more than a decade of reporting, DeParle traces their story back six generations to a common ancestora Mississippi slaveand adds politicians, case workers, reformers, and rogues to an epic exploration of Americas struggle with poverty and dependency. Probing the laws unlikely successesand haunting failuresAmerican Dreamprovides a startling expose in this election year.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 9/9/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Jason DeParle is a senior writer for the New York Times and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He won a George Polk Award in 1999 and was a two- time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the welfare system. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.

Contents
welfare
The Pledge: Washington and Milwaukee, 1991
The Plantation: Mississippi, 1840+1960
The Crossroads: Chicago, 1966+1991
The Survivors: Milwaukee, 1991+1995
ending welfare
The Accidental Program: Washington, 1935+1991
The Establishment Fails: Washington, 1992+1994
Redefining Compassion: Washington, 1994+1995
The Elusive President: Washington, 1995+1996
The Radical Cuts the Rolls: Milwaukee, 1995+1996
after welfare
Angie and Jewell Go to Work: Milwaukee, 1996+1998
Opal+s Hidden Addiction: Milwaukee, 1996+1998
Half a Safety Net: The United States, 1997+2003
W-2 Buys the Crack: Milwaukee, 1998
Golf Balls and Corporate Dreams: Milwaukee, 1997+1999
Caseworker XMI28W Milwaukee, 1998+2000
Boyfriends: Milwaukee, Spring 1999
Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999
A Shot at the American Dream: Milwaukee, Fall 1999
Epilogue Washington and Milwaukee, 1999+2004
Timeline
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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