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Rethinking the Welfare Rights Movement

1st Edition

By Premilla Nadasen


208 pages

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The welfare rights movement was an interracial protest movement of poor women on AFDC who demanded reform of welfare policy, greater respect and dignity, and financial support to properly raise and care for their children. In short, they pushed for a right to welfare. Lasting from the early 1960s to the mid 1970s, the welfare rights movement crossed political boundaries, fighting simultaneously for women's rights, economic justice, and black women's empowerment through welfare assistance. Its members challenged stereotypes, engaged in Congressional debates, and developed a sophisticated political analysis that combined race, class, gender, and culture, and crafted a distinctive, feminist, anti-racist politics rooted in their experiences as poor women of color.

The Welfare Rights Movement provides a short, accessible overview of this important social and political movement, highlighting key events and key figures, the movement's strengths and weaknesses, and how it intersected with other social and political movements of the itme, as well as its lasting effect on the country. It is perfect for anyone wanting to obtain an introduction to the welfare rights movement of the twentieth century.


'Although there are other studies that cover the movement, Nadasen's book is a concise yet detailed introduction to the subject. Summing up: Highly Recommended.' -R. D. Screws, Minot State University, CHOICE

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Origins of the Welfare Rights Movement Chapter 2: Key Campaigns Chapter 3: The Welfare Rights Movement and National Politics Chapter 4: Welfare Rights and Feminism Chapter 5: Assessing the Welfare Rights Movement

About the Author

Premilla Nadasen is Associate Professor of African American History at Queens College, City University of New York.

About the Series

American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations