Three Worlds of Relief Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal
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Description: Three Worlds of Reliefexamines the role of race and immigration in the development of the American social welfare system by comparing how blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants were treated by welfare policies during the Progressive Era and the New Deal. Taking readers from the turn of the twentieth century to the dark days of the Depression, Cybelle Fox finds that, despite rampant nativism, European immigrants received generous access to social welfare programs. The communities in which they lived invested heavily in relief. Social workers protected them from snooping immigration agents, and ensured that noncitizenship and illegal status did not prevent them from receiving the assistance they needed. But that same helping hand was not extended to Mexicans and blacks. Fox reveals, for example, how blacks were relegated to racist and degrading public assistance programs, while Mexicans who asked for assistance were deported with the help of the very social workers they turned to for aid.Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence, Fox paints a riveting portrait of how race, labor, and politics combined to create three starkly different worlds of relief. She debunks the myth that white America's immigrant ancestors pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, unlike immigrants and minorities today.Three Worlds of Reliefchallenges us to reconsider not only the historical record but also the implications of our past on contemporary debates about race, immigration, and the American welfare state.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/29/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State|
|Three Worlds of Race, Labor, and Politics|
|Three Worlds of Relief|
|The Mexican Dependency Problem|
|No Beggar Spirit|
|Deporting the Unwelcome Visitors|
|Repatriating the Unassimilable Aliens|
|A Fair Deal or a Raw Deal?|
|The WPA and the (Short-Lived) Triumph of Nativism|
|A New Deal for the Alien|
|The Boundaries of Social Citizenship|
|Abbreviations in the Notes|