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Pitied but not entitled: Single mothers and the history of welfare

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Gordon, Linda
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When Americans denounce "welfare", most are thinking of the program of aid for single mothers and their children--the only program of the Social Security Act to become stigmatized. Gordon uncovers the tangled roots of competing visions of welfare and shows that welfare reform can only work if it recognizes that single motherhood is an enduring aspect of contemporary life. (publisher abstract)

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"As an intellectual history of the forces producing ADC, the book works well. Gordon writes with considerably less authority on events between 1935 and the present. In the period between 1935 and 1950, for example, social insurance was far from popular and welfare was far from stigmatized. It was events in the 1950s, every bit as much as those in the 1930s and the progressive era, that produced modern attitudes toward welfare."

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