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Before the New Deal: Social Welfare in the South, 1830-1930 (Hardback)
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Before the New Deal: Social Welfare in the South, 1830-1930 (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 30/04/2017
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The Civil War and Reconstruction changed the face of social welfare provision in the South as thousands of people received public assistance for the first time in their lives. This book examines the history of southern social welfare institutions and policies in those formative years. Ten original essays explore the local nature of welfare and the limited role of the state prior to the New Deal. The contributors consider such factors as southern distinctiveness, the impact of gender on policy and practice, and ways in which welfare practices reinforced social hierarchies. By examining the role of the South's unique political economy, the impact of racism on social institutions, and the region's experience of war, this book makes it clear that the South's social welfare story is no mere carbon copy of the nation's.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820352121
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
""Before the New Deal" is a welcome set of essays on a significant, yet truly neglected subject--the development of southern social welfare institutions and policy."--Donald G. Nieman, Bowling Green State University
"Collectively, the accomplishments of "Before the New Deal" are considerable. There is a wide variety of talented historians represented, diverse viewpoints, and original research and interpretations. There is no single volume in existence that covers the full range of nooks and crannies involved in policy and welfare history in the South. This book fills that void. It represents a significant contribution to the literature on not simply the field of southern welfare history, but on the post-Civil War South, the history of reform, and the role of race and gender in the New South."--William A. Link, author of "Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930"
"This stimulating collection of ten essays by younger scholars deepens our understanding of the complex interplay of race, gender, and class in the southern past, and it makes a persuasive case for paying attention to regional variations in American social welfare history."--"H-Childhood"
"A welcome addition to a literature that for too long has ignored the South, to the detriment of our understanding of American social welfare history."--"Journal of American History"

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