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A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia

Lisa Levenstein

Abstract

This book reframes highly charged debates over the origins of chronic African American poverty and the social policies and political struggles that led to the postwar urban crisis. It follows poor black women as they traveled from some of Philadelphia's most impoverished neighborhoods into its welfare offices, courtrooms, public housing, schools, and hospitals, laying claim to an unprecedented array of government benefits and services. With these resources came new constraints, as public officials frequently responded to women's efforts by limiting benefits and attempting to control their pers ... More

Keywords: African American poverty, social policies, political struggles, postwar urban crisis, African American women, black migration, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832721
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807889985_levenstein

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Levenstein, author