Saturday, January 3, 2009

From Poor Law to Welfare State or Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

From Poor Law to Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America

Author: Walter I Trattner

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 reappearanceof 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.

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.

Table of Contents:
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
Ch. 1The Background1
Ch. 2Colonial America15
Ch. 3The Era of the American Revolution30
Ch. 4The Trend Toward Indoor Relief47
Ch. 5The Civil War and After - Scientific Charity77
Ch. 6Child Welfare108
Ch. 7The Public Health Movement140
Ch. 8The Settlement House Movement163
Ch. 9The Mental Health Movement192
Ch. 10Renaissance of Public Welfare214
Ch. 11The Quest for Professionalization233
Ch. 12Social Work and Welfare in the 1920s253
Ch. 13Depression and a New Deal273
Ch. 14From World War to Great Society304
Ch. 15A Transitional Era337
Ch. 16War on the Welfare State362
Ch. 17Looking Forward - Or Backward?388

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Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

Author: Ronald J Pestritto

In the first book-length treatment of Wilson's political thought written by a political theorist, Ronald J. Pestritto highlights the sharp departure that Wilson took from the traditional principles of American government. Wilson was the first American president who had clearly and consistently criticized the American Constitution. While Wilson is often not even considered part of the Progressive movement, Pestritto places Wilson squarely within the Progressives assault on the original principles of American constitutionalism.

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