Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Welfare Warriors

The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States, 1st Edition

By Premilla Nadasen


344 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"Nadasen has written the definitive history of the welfare rights movement that, for a brief moment, turned welfare into a program that helped rather than punished poor women. Carefully researched and fully documented, Welfare Warriors reveals the largely untold story of how poor and working class women came together to fight for a decent life. By exploring the working class black feminism that emerged, Nadasen's account also broadens and deepens our understanding of feminism."

-- -Mimi Abramovitz, Professor of Social Policy at Hunter School of Social Work and the City University of New York Graduate Center and author of Regulating the Lives of Women and Under Attack and Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States

"Armed with their own brand of feminism in the 1960s and 70s, Premilla Nadasen's "Welfare Warriors" fought militantly and relentlessly against racism, sexism and dehumanizing poverty. They fought their battles in the halls of Congress, the streets of urban communities, and inside the progressive movement itself. Even when they were not victorious, these black women activists were never victims, but rather powerful, complex and committed agents for change. This compelling and compassionate study, meticulously researched and passionately argued, is a must-read for anyone interested in social change politics, feminism or the black freedom movement."

-- -Barbara Ransby, Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement.

About the Author

Premilla Nadasen is Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She received her PhD from Columbia University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions