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King and the Other AmericaThe Poor People's Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality$
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Sylvie Laurent

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288560

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288560.001.0001

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A “Right Not to Starve”

A “Right Not to Starve”

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King and the Other America

Sylvie Laurent

University of California Press

This chapter will address King’s reasoning on the role and purpose of the modern American state in guaranteeing economic security and wellbeing for all. King argued, like welfare rights activists, that these were fundamental social obligations to the state. This chapter will show how his Scandinavian- inspired proposals demonstrate that King was willing to build on the New Deal

Keywords:   Justice, liberalism, equality, citizenship, Bill of Rights, Rawls, Shklar

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