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Backlash against Welfare Mothers: Past and Present

Ellen Reese


This book is a forceful examination of how and why a state-level revolt against welfare, begun in the late 1940s, was transformed into a national-level assault that destroyed a critical part of the nation’s safety net, with tragic consequences for American society. With a wealth of original research, the book puts recent debates about the contemporary welfare backlash into an historical perspective. It provides a closer look at these early anti-welfare campaigns, showing why they were more successful in some states than others and how opponents of welfare sometimes targeted Puerto Ricans and C ... More

Keywords: state-level revolt, welfare, American society, Puerto Ricans, Chicanos, welfare reform, Christian right, welfare policies, working families

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244610
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Reese, author

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