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Closing the Door to Destitution: The Shaping of the Social Security Acts of the United States... Hardcover – April 1, 1994

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“We can all profit from reading this thoughtful and well-researched study of the origins of the United States Social Security Act of 1935 and the New Zealand Social Security Act of 1938.”

Law and History Review

“Raymond Richards adds a comparative dimension to a subject that is often discussed in vague generalities. His study is grounded in ‘thick description’ of both the New Zealand and American experiences. He has also composed what I believe to be a thoroughly original discussion of the role of insurance companies in the passage of the 1935 Social Security Act. This book should appeal to historians, political scientists, and historical sociologists.”

—Edward D. Berkowitz, George Washington University

About the Author

Raymond Richards is Lecturer in History at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.


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