In The Shadow Of The Poorhouse: A Social History Of Welfare In America, Tenth Anniversary Edition

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Part I. The Poorhouse Era. The Origins And Failure Of The Poorhouse -- Outdoor Relief -- The Theory And Practice Of Scientific Charity -- The Transformation Of The Poorhouse -- -- Part Ii. Building The Semiwelfare State. Saving Children -- Reorganizing Cities -- Reorganizing The Labor Market -- Reorganizing The Nation -- -- Part Iii. From The War On Poverty To The War On Welfare. The War On Poverty And The Expansion Of Social Welfare -- The War On Welfare -- Redefining The Welfare State [1996]. Michael B. Katz. Includes Bibliographical References (p. 335-371) And Indexes. Bibliography: P. 335-371.

Author : Michael B. Katz

Publisher : Basic Books

Published Year : 1996

Edition : 2

Format : print - Paperback, 410 pages

Subject : Public welfare--History, Public welfare--United States--History, Social service--History, Social service--United States--History, Social policy, HV91 .K349 1996

Language : English

Dimensions : xvii, 391 p. ; 24 cm.

ISBN : 0465032109

ISBN13 : 9780465032105


Overview :

With welfare reform a burning political issue, this special anniversary edition of the classic history of welfare in America has been revised and updated to include the latest bipartisan debates on how to “end welfare as we know it.”In the Shadow of the Poorhouse examines the origins of social welfare, both public and private, from the days of the colonial poorhouse through the current tragedy of the homeless. The book explains why such a highly criticized system persists. Katz explores the relationship between welfare and municipal reform; the role of welfare capitalism, eugenics, and social insurance in the reorganization of the labor market; the critical connection between poverty and politics in the rise of the New Deal welfare state; and how the War on Poverty of the ’60s became the war on welfare of the ’80s.

This controversial history of welfare in America argues that government must be the source of social progress.