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Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it$
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Frank Stricker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882290_stricker

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Moynihan, the Dissenters, and the Racialization of Poverty

Moynihan, the Dissenters, and the Racialization of Poverty

A Liberal Turning Point That Did Not Turn

(p.83) Chapter Four Moynihan, the Dissenters, and the Racialization of Poverty
Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it

Frank Stricker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the racialization of poverty in the United States during the 1930s and 1960s, with emphasis on the views of Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the so-called Dissenters. It begins by assessing the emergence of a new liberalism towards poverty, and President Lyndon Johnson's refusal to include direct government jobs creation and income subsidies in his War on Poverty. The chapter then discusses Moynihan's book The Negro Family, whose image of the welfare-dependent black mother was used to justify ending welfare. It also examines the Dissenters' emphasis on race and racism while essentially ignoring class and whites that always got bad jobs and low incomes. The chapter concludes by commenting on Marxism as an approach to poverty.

Keywords:   poverty, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Dissenters, liberalism, War on Poverty, Negro Family, welfare, racism, class, Marxism

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