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From Poor Law to Welfare State, by Walter Trattner

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Trattner provides in-depth examination ofdevelopments 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 Statedirectly 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

Used. Good condition. Some wear and tear. Some damage to the bottom of the book. Price sticker on the front cover. Pen mark on the bottom of the book.