Welfare A Documentary History of U. S. Policy and Politics

ISBN-10: 0814756549

ISBN-13: 9780814756546

Edition: 2003

Authors: Gwendolyn Mink, Rickie Solinger, Frances Fox Piven

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Foreword . "The debate over welfare suffers from lack of historical perspective. Now come Mink and Solinger to transform our understanding with a clearly articulated, carefully organized, and judiciously selected collection of key sources and illustrative documents that illuminates the past and present of aid to poor women and their children. Essential for classroom use, this book also belongs on the desks of policy makers and activists alike." Eileen Boris, Hull Professor of Women's Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara "A stirringly dramatic narrative of welfare policy history. Through the documents they select, Mink and Solinger bring to life an immensely important human drama, and they do so in a way that paves a path to a higher awareness of the deeply ingrained biases of gender, race, and class that operate in welfare policy." Social Service ReviewFederal welfare policy has been a political and cultural preoccupation in the United States for nearly seven decades. Debates about who poor people are, how they got that way, and what the government should do about poverty were particularly bitter and misleading at the end of the twentieth century. These public discussions left most Americans with far more attitude than information about poverty, the poor, and poverty policy in the United States. In response, Gwendolyn Mink and Rickie Solinger compiled the first documentary history of welfare in America, from its origins through the present.Welfare: A Documentary History of U.S. Policy and Politics provides historical context for understanding recent policy developments, as it traces public opinion, recipients' experiences, and policy continuities and innovations over time. The documents collected range across more than 100 years, from government documents and proclamations of presidents throughout the 20th century, to accounts of activist and grass roots organizations, newspaper reports and editorials, political cartoons, posters and more. They enable readers to go straight to the source to find out how public figures racialized welfare in the minds of white Americans, to explore the origins of the claim that poor women have babies in order to collect welfare, and to trace how that notion has been perpetuated and contested. The documents also illustrate how policymakers in different eras have invoked and politicized the idea of dependency, as well as how ideas about women's dependency have followed changing characterizations of poor women as workers and as mothers. Welfareprovides a picture of the government's evolving ideas about poverty and provision, along side powerful examples of the voices too often eclipsed in the public squarewelfare recipients and their advocates, speaking about mothering, poverty, and human rights.
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 817
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

Rickie Solinger is the author ofPregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in AmericaandWake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Rose v. Wade,among other books. She is the editor ofAbortion Wars (UC Press). Paula C. Johnson is Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law and the author ofInner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison.Attorney Martha L. Raimon has directed the Incarcerated Mothers Law Project at the Women's Prison Association and is now Senior Associate at Center for the Study of Social Policy. Tina Reynolds is Co-founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling Her Story (WORTH) and adjunct lecturer at York College/CUNY. Ruby C. Tapia is Associate Professor of Comparative Studies and Women's Studies at The Ohio State University and the author ofBreeding Ghosts: Race, Death, and the Maternal in Visual Culture.

Frances Fox Pivenis Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author ofRegulating the Poor,Poor People’s Movements,The New Class War, andThe Breaking of the American Social Compact(The New Press), and co-author, with the late Richard A. Cloward ofWhy Americans Don’t Vote. She is the recipient of the American Sociological Association Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology. She lives in Manhattan and Millerton, New York.

Public Relief and Private Charity (1884)
First National Congress of Mothers: Programme (1897)
First National Congress of Mothers: Address of Welcome (1897)
First International Congress in America on the Welfare of the Child: Address to the Delegates (1908)
Conference on the Care of Dependent Children: Call for the Conference (1908)
Conference on the Care of Dependent Children: Special Message to the Senate and House of Representatives (1909)
Illinois "Funds to Parents Act" (1911)
Massachusetts Commission on the Support of Dependent Minor Children of Widowed Mothers: Report (1913)
Modern Industry in Relation to the Family, Health, Education, Morality (1914)
Mothers Can Be Trusted (1915)
The Case for Widows' Pensions (1915)
Conference on Social Insurance: Remarks (1916)
Conference on Social Insurance: Remarks (1916)
Conference on Social Insurance: Remarks (1916)
Aid to Mothers with Dependent Children (1921)
Conference on Mothers' Pensions: Proceedings (1922)
Come, Let Us Reason Together (1924)
Need for Security (1935)
Message to Congress on Social Security (January 17, 1935)
Hearings on the Economic Security Act of 1935
Hearings on the Economic Security Act of 1935
Social Security Act of 1935: Title IV - Grants to States for Aid to Dependent Children (1935)
A Social Security Program Must Include All Those Who Need Its Protection: Radio Address on the Third Anniversary of the Social Security Act (August 15, 1938)
Statement on Signing Some Amendments to the Social Security Act (August 11, 1939)
Social Security Act Amendments of 1939: Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Benefit Payments (1939)
Louisiana Mothers' Pension Statute (1939)
Santa Cruz Child-Welfare Cases (1940)
White House Conference on Children in a Democracy: Final Report (1940)
Newport News Administers Cash Payments (1940)
Flag Salutes and Food (1940)
Families Receiving Aid to Dependent Children (1942)
The Impact of the War on the Public Assistance Programs (1943)
The Work and Welfare of Children of Agricultural Laborers in Hidalgo County, Texas (1943)
Social Action on Settlement Laws (1944)
Common Human Needs: An Interpretation for Staff in Public Assistance Agencies (1945)
Employed Mothers of Children in the A.D.C. Program: Cook County Bureau of Public Welfare (1945)
Horsefeathers Swathed in Mink (1947)
Okies (1947)
Public Assistance: A Report to the Select Committee on Finance (1948)
Hearings on the Social Security Act Amendments of 1949
Public Assistance as a Social Obligation (1949)
Fraud and Waste in Public Welfare Programs: Debate in Congress (1951)
An Appraisal of What the Critics Are Saying about Public Assistance (1952)
Future Citizens All (1952)
Cleveland Sends 9 Negroes South (1956)
The Social Work Syndrome (1966)
California v. Tressie Neal Shirley: Opinions (1961)
Illegitimacy and Its Impact on the Aid to Dependent Children Program (1960)
An American Dependency Challenge (1963)
Facts, Fallacies and Future: A Study of the ADC Program of Cook County, Illinois (1960)
Letter to State Agencies Administering Approved Public Assistance Plans (1961)
The Newburgh Story (1961)
Special Message to Congress on Public Welfare Programs (February 1, 1962)
Washington, D.C., Welfare Studies (1962)
Message to Congress on the Economic Opportunity Act (1964)
The Negro Family: The Case for National Action (1965)
Individual Rights and Social Welfare: The Emerging Legal Issues (1965)
The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty (1966)
Woman Battles Sterlization Ruling (1966)
Recipients Aroused: The New Welfare Rights Movements (1967)
Anti-NWRO Letters to Senator Russell Long (1967)
United Neighborhood Houses' Antipoverty Hearings (1967)
Hearings on Consumer Problems of the Poor (1967)
A Time to Listen ... a Time to Act: Voices from the Ghettos of the Nation's Cities (1967)
Governor's Conference on Public Welfare (1967)
Hearings on the War on Poverty (1967)
47 More Negroes Held in Carolina (1968)
King v. Smith (1968)
Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (1968)
Hearing before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1968)
Welfare Is Not a Right: Two Affirmations (1967, 1969)
Maximum Feasible Participation (1967, 1969)
Call-and-Response (1969)
Guerrilla Theater (1969)
Welfare Reform: Shared Responsibility (August 8, 1969)
Proposals for a Guaranteed Adequate Income (1969)
Thompson v. Shapiro (1969)
Goldberg v. Kelly (1970)
Gallup Polls on Americans' Attitudes about Welfare (1961-1969)
Dandridge v. Williams (1970)
When You Just Give Money to the Poor (1970)
Hearings on the Family Assistance Act of 1970
Statement on Welfare Reform (1970)
Welfare Rights Activism in the Early 1970s (1971-1973)
Wyman v. James (1971)
Welfare Myths vs. Facts (1971)
The Welfare Mess: A Scandal of Illegitimacy and Desertion (1971)
Welfare Is a Women's Issue (1972)
H. R. 1 and the Poverty of Women (1972)
Hearings on Problems in Administration of Public Welfare Programs (1972)
State's Abortion Law Helps Reduce Welfare Costs (1972)
Jefferson v. Hackney (1972)
State of the Union Message on Human Resources (March 1, 1973)
Hearings on Health Care and Human Experimentation (1973)
Hearings on Health Care and Human Experimentation (1973)
Hearing on Child Support and the Work Bonus (1973)
New Jersey Welfare Rights Organization v. Cahill (1973)
Hearings on the Impact of Federal Policies (1973)
Funding Sterilization and Abortion for the Poor (1975)
Welfare Reforms Near a Standstill (1976)
State of the Union Address (January 19, 1976)
Four Republicans Speak about Medicaid Funding of Abortion (1976, 1978)
New Paternity Affidavits Ordered for Welfare Aid in New York City (1977)
President Jimmy Carter's News Conference on Welfare Reform (August 6, 1977)
Questions Submitted by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to HEW Secretary Joseph Califano (1978)
The Coming Welfare Crisis (1980)
Before the Fall: Brinkmanship in a Philadelphia Cul-de-Sac (1980)
The Return to Welfare Seems in Vain: A Vain Try to Find the Security the Government Check Can Offer (1980)
Address before a Joint Session of Congress on the Program for Economic Recovery (February 18, 1981)
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981: Summary of Welfare Provisions (1981)
AFDC Program Changes under OBRA (1982)
Federal Cuts Frustrate "Working Poor" Mother (1982)
Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 (1984)
Saving the Underclass: Interview with Charles Murray (1985)
Restoring the Traditional Black Family (1985)
Beyond Entitlement: The Social Obligations of Citizenship (1986)
The Work Ethic State (1986)
The Family: Preserving America's Future (1986)
Beyond Welfare (1987)
Attacking Problems Money Can't Solve (1987)
A Step Back to the Workhouse? (1987)
Executive Order on the Family (1987)
State of the Union Address (January 25, 1988)
Remarks on Welfare Policy (1988)
Poor Support: Poverty in the American Family (1988)
Whey Welfare Reform Is a Sham (1988)
The Family Support Act of 1988: Official Summary (1988)
Remarks on Signing the Family Support Act of 1988 (October 13, 1988)
Hearings on the Family Support Act of 1988 (1990)
Poverty and Norplant: Can Contraception Reduce the Underclass? (1990)
Mother-Only Families: Low Earnings Will Keep Many Children in Poverty (1991)
Tough Love Comes to Politics (1991)
Stop Favoring Unwed Mothers (1992)
So How Did I Get Here? (1992)
Scapegoating Women on Welfare (1993)
Public Attitudes toward Welfare Reform: A Summary of Key Research Findings (1993)
Women on Welfare Talk about Reform: Clients in Focus Groups Discuss Teen Pregnancy, Child Support, and Time Limits (1994)
Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women, Income and Poverty in Massachusetts (1994)
Hearings on the Work and Responsibility Act (1994)
The Contract with America (1994)
Preview of Republican Plans to Reform Welfare (1994)
The Bell Curve (1994)
The Republican Revolution and Welfare Reform (1994)
Few Welfare Moms Fit the Stereotypes (1995)
Welfare to Work: The Job Opportunities of AFDC Recipients (1995)
Beaten, Then Robbed (1995)
Remarks on Child Support Enforcement (1995)
Remarks on Child Support Enforcement (1995)
Fathers' Rights (1995)
Remarks on the Personal Responsibility Act of 1995
Alligators and Wolves (1995)
Issues in Brief: Teenage Pregnancy and the Welfare Reform Debate (1995)
The Stories of Legal Immigrants Who Would Be Affected by House and Senate Welfare Reform Proposals (1995)
Women's Pledge on Welfare Reform: Eliminating Poverty for Women and Their Children (1995)
The End of Motherhood as We Knew It (1995)
In Welfare Reform, Governors Miss the Point (1996)
Shame on the Wisconsin Senate, Thompson and Clinton "New" U.S. Welfare Reform: Costs More; Helps Less; Hurts Families and Workplace (1996)
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996
C.K. v. New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services (1996)
Remarks on Welfare Reform (August 22, 1996)
Comparison of Prior Law and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193) (1996)
Giant Companies Entering Race to Run State Welfare Programs (1996)
Feminists and the Welfare Debate: Too Little? Too Late? (1996)
Mothers Pressed into Battle for Child Support (1997)
Welfare's Labor Pains (1997)
For Students on Welfare, Degrees Pay Dividends (1997)
Stigma of Welfare Hampers State Push toward Jobs (1997)
Saenz v. Roe (1999)
The National Fatherhood Initiative (1999)
Advertisement by the National Fatherhood Initiative (ca. 2000)
Implementation of Section 403(a)(2) of social Security Act: Bonus to Reward Decrease in Illegitimacy Ratio (2000)
Basic Outline of TANF Program (2000)
Data on AFDC/TANF Families and Benefits (2000)
Bonus to Reward States for High Performance under the TANF Program (2000)
Immodest Proposal: Rewarding Women's Work to End Poverty (2000)
Legal Services Corporation v. Velazquez (HR 3113) (2001)
Proposed TANF Reauthorization Act (2001)
Proposals for TANF Reauthorization (2001)
Working toward Independence: Bush Administration Proposal on Welfare Reform (2002)
Hearing on TANF Reauthorization (2002)
Hearing on TANF Reauthorization (2002)
Hearing on TANF Reauthorization (2002)
Action Alert (2002)
Queremos Educacion, No Matriminio! (2002)
Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2002: Summary
Proposed Work and Family Act (2002)
Work, Opportunity, and Responsibility for Kids (WORK) Act of 2002: Chairman's Mark (2002)
Race and Recession (2002)
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