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From Poor Law to Welfare State, 6th Edition : A History of Social Welfare in America - Walter I. Trattner

From Poor Law to Welfare State, 6th Edition

A History of Social Welfare in America

eBook Published: 1st November 2007
ISBN: 9781416593188
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Over twenty-five years and through five editions, Walter I. Trattner's From Poor Law to Welfare State has served as the standard text on the history of welfare policy in the United States. The only comprehensive account of American social welfare history from the colonial era to the present, the new sixth edition has been updated to include the latest developments in our society as well as trends in social welfare.
Trattner provides in-depth examination of developments in child welfare, public health, and the evolution of social work as a profession, showing how all these changes affected the treatment of the poor and needy in America. He explores the impact of public policies on social workers and other helping professions -- all against the backdrop of social and intellectual trends in American history. From Poor Law to Welfare State directly addresses racism and sexism and pays special attention to the worsening problems of child abuse, neglect, and homelessness. Topics new to this sixth edition include:

  • A review of President Clinton's health-care reform and its failure, and his efforts to "end welfare as we know it"
  • Recent developments in child welfare including an expanded section on the voluntary use of children's institutions by parents in the nineteenth century, and the continued discrimination against black youth in the juvenile justice system
  • An in-depth discussion of Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein's controversial book, The Bell Curve, which provided social conservatives new weapons in their war on the black poor and social welfare in general
  • The latest information on AIDS and the reappearance of tuberculosis -- and their impact on public health policy
  • A new Preface and Conclusion, and substantially updated Bibliographies

Written for students in social work and other human service professions, From Poor Law to Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America is also an essential resource for historians, political scientists, sociologists, and policymakers.

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Social Work Trattner writes clearly and simply. It is a pleasure to read a book that one not only understands but that stimulates hope in the future from insights drawn from the past.

Preface to the Sixth Edition
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

Chapter 1 The Background
Chapter 2 Colonial America
Chapter 3 The Era of the American Revolution
Chapter 4 The Trend Toward Indoor Relief
Chapter 5 The Civil War and After -- Scientific Charity
Chapter 6 Child Welfare
Chapter 7 The Public Health Movement
Chapter 8 The Settlement House Movement
Chapter 9 The Mental Health Movement
Chapter 10 Renaissance of Public Welfare
Chapter 11 The Quest for Professionalization
Chapter 12 Social Work and Welfare in the 1920s
Chapter 13 Depression and a New Deal
Chapter 14 From World War to Great Society
Chapter 15 A Transitional Era
Chapter 16 War on the Welfare State
Chapter 17 Looking Forward -- Or Backward?

ISBN: 9781416593188
ISBN-10: 1416593187
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st November 2007
Publisher: Free Press