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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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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Social WorkTrattner 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's easy to read and understand.
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Well written to the point that researcher and layman alike can read this book and find it to be a valuable resource.
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It's actually fascinating how it impacts us TODAY and policy and health care and non-profits.
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6 of 7 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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13 of 18 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 T. M. Bonner on October 4, 2013
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Chapters short. Check. Easy to understand with no stuffy language. Check. Kindle price:$11. Check. What more could you want in a comprehensive history book?
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1 of 1 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 LiSah on April 16, 2014
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This is really interesting and actually reads as a story - the story of welfare/caring for others in America. It's actually fascinating how it impacts us TODAY and policy and health care and non-profits. Definitely read.
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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 Bea on January 13, 2014
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I am a Master of Social Work student and purchased this for a Policy class. It was a good read and I found the material engaging.
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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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