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A Movement Without Marches : African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia - Lisa Levenstein

A Movement Without Marches

African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia

Paperback Published: 30th August 2010
ISBN: 9780807871645
Number Of Pages: 320

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Lisa Levenstein reframes highly charged debates over the origins of chronic African American poverty and the social policies and political struggles that led to the postwar urban crisis.A Movement Without Marchesfollows poor black women as they traveled from some of Philadelphiars"s most impoverished neighborhoods into its welfare offices, courtrooms, public housing, schools, and hospitals, laying claim to an unprecedented array of government benefits and services. With these resources came new constraints, as public officials frequently responded to womenrs"s efforts by limiting benefits and attempting to control their personal lives. Scathing public narratives about women's "dependency" and their children's "illegitimacy" placed African American women and public institutions at the center of the growing opposition to black migration and civil rights in northern U.S. cities. Countering stereotypes that have long plagued public debate, Levenstein offers a new paradigm for understanding postwar U.S. history. Lisa Levenstein reframes highly charged debates over the origins of chronic African American poverty and the social policies and political struggles that led to the postwar urban crisis.A Movement Without Marchesfollows poor black women as they traveled from some of Philadelphiars"s most impoverished neighborhoods into its welfare offices, courtrooms, public housing, schools, and hospitals, laying claim to an unprecedented array of government benefits and services. With these resources came new constraints, as public officials frequently responded to womenrs"s efforts by limiting benefits and attempting to control their personal lives. Scathing public narratives about women's "dependency" and their children's "illegitimacy" placed African American women and public institutions at the center of the growing opposition to black migration and civil rights in northern U.S. cities. Countering stereotypes that have long plagued public debate, Levenstein offers a new paradigm for understanding postwar U.S. history.

Challenges scholarship on black urban poverty. . . . Instructive to students of urban history, migration, race, gender, and poverty.--The Journal of American History

A path-breaking account. . . . [Levenstein's] wide-ranging study of five public institutions suggests a pervasiveness, depth, and force of this phenomenon that historians have not recognized. The field of twentieth-century U.S. politics desperately needs more of her sustained analysis.--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Levenstein's focus on the 1950s and 1960s serves to explore the roots of political and social activism embraced by so many younger black people in the subsequent decade. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice

Vivid stories of individual women. . . . Each one of them offers an original and compelling interpretation of its subject. Tightly interconnected as they are, each could also stand alone as a major addition to the historiography of public institutions.--Journal of Social History

An important contribution to our understanding of the gendered construction of African American urban poverty.--Neue Politische Literatur

An excellent local study....The narrative of self-empowerment and persistent agency that Levenstein constructs of poor African American women defying all stereotypes in the face of crippling hurdles does not disappoint.--The Journal of African American History

Is it possible to write about poor women as active agents without fitting them within a social movement framework? . . . Levenstein has already achieved that balance in this important work. . . . A full understanding of African American poverty must include the women Levenstein so powerfully analyzes.--American Historical Review

Excellent. . . . Levenstein becomes a skilled storyteller and weaves narratives from her oral histories throughout the book to support the detailed analysis. . . . Does not disappoint.--Journal of African American History

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: The Multidimensionality of Poverty in a Postwar Cityp. 1
"Tired of Being Seconds" on ADCp. 31
Hard Choices at 1801 Vinep. 63
Housing, Not a Homep. 89
"Massive Resistance" in the Public Schoolsp. 121
A Hospital of Their Ownp. 157
Conclusionp. 181
Appendix: Note on First-Person Sourcesp. 193
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780807871645
ISBN-10: 0807871648
Series: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Type: New edition