Keeping Women and Children Last by Ruth Sidel
America's War on the Poor

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In Keeping Women and Children Last, Ruth Sidel shows how America, in its search for a post-Cold War enemy, has turned inward to target single mothers on welfare, and how politicians have scapegoated and stigmatized female-headed families both as a method of social control and to divert attention from the severe problems that Americans face. She reveals the real victims of poverty--the millions of children who suffer from societal neglect, inferior education, inadequate health care, hunger, and homelessness. In this new edition, focusing on the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Sidel reevaluates our social policy, assessing the impact of the "end of welfare as we know it" on America's poor, especially its women and children.
 

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Ruth Sidel, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, is autRuth Sidel, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, is author of many books including "Keeping Women and Children Lasthor of many books including "Keeping Women and Children Last: America s War on the Poor "(revised edition, 1998) and "On: America s War on the Poor "(revised edition, 1998) and "On Her Own: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American Dream" (1 Her Own: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American Dream" (1990). 990).
 
Published May 1, 1996 by Penguin Books. 292 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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A fiery indictment of various American social and economic policies that contrive to keep single women and their children in poverty.

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In this sequel to 1986's Women and Children Last, sociologist Sidel attempts to untangle and then correct the public misperceptions about America's poor. It is a daunting task, but Sidel succeeds admi

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In this sequel to 1986's Women and Children Last, sociologist Sidel attempts to untangle and then correct the public misperceptions about America's poor.

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