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Gertrude WeilJewish Progressive in the New South$
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Leonard Rogoff

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630793

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630793.001.0001

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Meeting the Needs

Meeting the Needs

The Struggle for Economic and Social Justice

(p.184) 8 Meeting the Needs
Gertrude Weil

Leonard Rogoff

University of North Carolina Press

Although battling cancer, family deaths, and the financial crises of the Depression, Weil continued her fight to establish a welfare state. Her platforms included the Goldsboro Bureau for Social Service and the North Carolina Conference for Social Service. Weil served in New Deal agencies as chair of City Emergency Relief Committee, working for a relief program to provide social services and public works projects for the unemployed. She also supported Margaret Sanger's birth control agenda and, like many progressives, endorsed eugenics not as a racial policy but to relieve the financial burden of generations of dependent families on public relief.

Keywords:   New Deal, Depression, Social service, Emergency Relief Committee, Birth control, Eugenics, Margaret Sanger, Race relations, Social welfare

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