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Liberalism Is Not Enough – Race and Poverty in Postwar Political Thought - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Liberalism Is Not Enough: Race and Poverty in Postwar Political Thought

Robin Marie Averbeck


In this intellectual history of the fraught relationship between race and poverty in the 1960s, Robin Marie Averbeck offers a sustained critique of the fundamental assumptions that structured liberal thought and action in postwar America. Focusing on the figures associated with “Great Society liberalism” like Daniel Patrick Moynihan, David Riesman, and Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Averbeck argues that these thinkers helped construct policies that never truly attempted a serious attack on the sources of racial inequality and injustice. In Averbeck’s telling, the Great Society’s most notable achievem ... More

Keywords: Liberalism, The Great Society, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, The War on Poverty, The Civil Rights Movement, racial capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469646640
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Marie Averbeck, author
California State University, Chico

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