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America's Struggle Against Poverty,…

America's Struggle Against Poverty, 1900-80 (edition 1981)

by James T. Patterson

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Title:America's Struggle Against Poverty, 1900-80
Authors:James T. Patterson
Info:Harvard University Press (1981), Edition: F First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
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America's Struggle Against Poverty in the Twentieth Century by James T. Patterson



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The New Deal makes a somewhat awkward fit for this book, since it was a broad campaign against the anomalies of depression, not against the pathology of persistent poverty as such. But it did commit the Democrats to the virtues of government intervention, and so forecast Lyndon Johnson's War On Poverty. Patterson's narrative is somewhat discontinuous: in the lulls between legislative blockbusters, he turns away from politics to the social science of poverty. But perhaps that discontinuity reflects the disjunction between sociological expertise and political willpower over the course of America's most futile war.
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This new edition of Patterson's widely used book carries the story of battles over poverty and social welfare through what the author calls the "amazing 1990s," those years of extraordinary performance of the economy. He explores a range of issues arising from the economic phenomenon--increasing inequality and demands for use of an improved poverty definition. He focuses the story on the impact of the highly controversial welfare reform of 1996, passed by a Republican Congress and signed by a Democratic President Clinton, despite the laments of anguished liberals.

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