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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465032105
ISBN-10: 0465032109
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x 29mm)
Pages: 410
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Michael B. Katz

Michael B. Katz is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of numerous books on social policy in America, including The Underserving Poor and Improving Poor People.

Books By Author Michael B. Katz

Undeserving Poor by Michael B. Katz

The Undeserving Poor

Paperback, November 2013
Improving Poor People by Michael B. Katz

Improving Poor People

Paperback, April 1997
'Underclass' Debate by Michael B. Katz

The 'Underclass' Debate

Paperback, November 1992