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From Poor Law to Welfare State, 6th Edition: A History of Social Welfare in America Paperback – December 1, 1998

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Social Work Trattner writes clearly and simply. It is a pleasure to read a book that one not only understands but that stimulates hope in the future from insights drawn from the past.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 6 Sub edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684854716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684854717
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Craun on June 19, 2011
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I am doing research on our local poor farm and this has given me more information than I have ever imagined. It definitely starts at the beginning of care for and of the poor and follows through to the end. Trattner has done an excellent job covering the poor laws to modern day social welfare in a comprehensive and straight-forward manner. I have found the book intriguing and thought provoking. Well written to the point that researcher and layman alike can read this book and find it to be a valuable resource.

Professors would be well advised to include this in their classroom. Definitely a book to keep on my shelf for years to come.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JOSHUA J DIVINE on June 9, 2000
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Trattner takes the reader back in time to define how modern American has developed its current welfare state. Certainly this is a task that cannot be fully done in only 400 pages. The only weakness in this book is that it is too brief. It does not go into enough detail, but it is comprehensive enough to give a solid introduction to the modern American welfare state and the issues that face America's poor. This is a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Empty Handed on July 1, 2014
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Published in 1999 and somewhat dated, but a good historical overview of social welfare in the United States, particulary in the early portion of the nation's history. A good beginner guide to the subject matter--not recommended for those who are already subject matter experts in the area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Babnis on August 19, 2014
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This text was very informative and helped me gain a better understanding of the history of social work in America. I now understand why we are at the point we are in the field, and where we came from to get here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin M on October 25, 2013
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Read it as required reading for an msw class. Really interesting and enjoyable read for something I had to read for school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maga Ma on August 14, 2015
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very dry read, multiple typos and repetitive information
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By keno on May 15, 2015
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I had to get this book for school. I wouldn't recommend buying it if you need it for a class and have another option. I tried to resell it but the school bookstore was only willing to give me one dollar for it. I ended up keeping it but since it isn't a great book for reference or anything I may just use it as firewood.
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18 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on August 5, 2004
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This book, though dry at times, gives a realistic and more complete look at American history. This was required reading for a college course I took. The history contained here is not what is taught in highschool and I was surprised at just how much I did not know about life in America before I was born.

America has a very ugly past and present in many ways. We have oppressed, demoralized, institutionalized, degraded, segregated, stereotyped, and persecuted millions of persons over the years. What is unfortunate is that with all our advances in business and technology... there are still single mothers living on the streets, starving with their children. There are still foreign workers being payed much less than minimum wage. There are still persons living with mental illness being drugged and institutionalized. The rich are still getting richer, as they exploit the poor and working classes.

America has much to be proud of. America also has much to be ashamed of. This book sheds light on some of the crimes that we (America) has committed against its own people, as we continue to point fingers at others wrongs.
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