From Library Journal
This is an ambitious effort by Quadagno ( Aging in Early Industrial Society ) to discuss the evolution of public assistance, and eventually of social security, over two centuries of U.S. history. The main themes are the reasons for America's comparatively late development of national welfare programs; the influence of big business and craft labor unions in shaping these programs; and southern planters' key role in limiting public welfare. The argument that this material can be fitted into a Marxian matrix is not convincing. The writing is turgid and prolix. An optional purchase for comprehensive subject collections. Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY
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About the Author
Jill Quadagno holds the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar's chair in Social Gerontology at Florida State University. She is the editor of Aging, the Individual, and Society and Social Bonds in Later Life and the author of Aging in Early Industrial Society and The Family in Various Cultures.