Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare, 1890-1935

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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.

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PITIED BUT NOT ENTITLED: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare

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A scholarly but resonant analysis of ``the cultural meanings of the welfare system,'' probing the mistaken assumptions behind fundamental policies forged during the 1930s. Beginning in 1890, writes ... Read full review

Pitied but not entitled: single mothers and the history of welfare, 1890-1935

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In this book, Gordon (Women's Body, Women's Right: The History of Birth Control in America, LJ 12/1/76) traces the development of the federal welfare system. Beginning at the early part of this ... Read full review


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