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Winner of the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association Winner of the 1999 Lionel Trilling Book Award of Columbia University Winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Prize of Harvard University Press Shifting the Color Line explores the historical and political roots of enduring racial conflict in American welfare policy, beginning with the New Deal. Through Social Security and other social insurance programs, white workers were successfully integrated into a strong national welfare state. At the same time, African-Americans--then as now disproportionately poor--were relegated to the margins of the welfare state, through decentralized, often racist, public assistance programs. Racial distinctions were thus built into the very structure of the American welfare state. By keeping poor blacks at arm's length while embracing white workers, national welfare policy helped to construct the contemporary political divisions that define the urban underclass. "A true understanding of welfare, Robert C. Lieberman argues in his provocative book, requires a hard look not at stereotypes but at history . . . Shifting the Color Line is an enlightening look at America's failure to ask, without racist or political motives, how poor people can make progress . . . The book is an intense history course that bypasses decades of deceptive rhetoric to get to the core issues of the welfare debate." --Alyssa Haywoode, Boston Globe "Robert Lieberman has written the best analysis available of how race structured the foundation of the American welfare state. It is a major achievement . . . combining historical depth with theoretical sophistication. All students of U.S. welfare and race politics will need to consult it." --Desmond King, Political Science Quarterly Robert C. Lieberman is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University.

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Shifting the Color Line explores the historical and political roots of racial conflict in American welfare policy, beginning with the New Deal. Robert Lieberman demonstrates how racial distinctions were built into the very structure of the American welfare state.

Synopsis:

1999 Lionel Trilling Book Award, Columbia University

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1997 President's Book Award, Social Science History Association

About the Author

Robert C. Lieberman is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Race, Institutions, and Welfare in American Political Development

Race, Class, and the Organization of Social Policy: The Social Security Act

Old-Age Insurance: From Exclusion to Inclusion

Aid to Dependent Children and the Political Construction of the "Underclass"

Unemployment Insurance: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Stagnation

Race, Welfare, and the Future of American Politics

Appendix: Quantitative Study of ADC

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674007116
Author:
Lieberman, Robert C.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Public welfare
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
September 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 line illustrations, 14 tables
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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