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on April 30, 2015
Thoughtful analysis of the report and a good starting point for further research. There is no claim that the book answers any questions, whether it be the Report, the problem or the solution to the problem although I concluded that a dysfunctional family is a difficult obstacle to overcome.

Sam Bertolet
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on November 10, 2014
I love Patterson's writing. This is the fourth book of his that I've read in the past few months. Here, he focuses on the Moynihan report and America's struggle with black family life. As usual, Patterson does an excellent job researching divergent opinions and presents them to the reader honesty and written clearly.,It tackles controversial issues such as the matriarchal society of many urban black societies and the lack of positive male role models. Maybe, on the 50 th anniversary of he Moynihan Report, we should see if he was correct.: did the pathology get worse?
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The famous report by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an Assistant Secretary of Labor, published in 1965, put forward the statistical observation that problems in Black families was not due to the lack of opportunity, but to the weak family structure, where there was a very large number of single parent, especially mothers only, families among blacks. This produced a backlash, especially in a 1969 book, "Blaming the Victim". It charged that Moynihan is accusing the victims to be responsible for their own suffering.

This book shows that is fundamentally mistaken, because Moynihan's cause is, in turn, caused by conditions in society and in historical situations affecting black families, things which are beyond their control. Patterson is a scholar who has no stake in the game, and relies on new demographic information to show the Moynihan scenario has not disappeared. Black families still frequently have the cards stacked against them by societal conditions.
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on August 23, 2016
It's the one book on the Moynihan Report you should read.
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on June 1, 2016
Very insightful.
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on July 4, 2014
Excellent. A great insight into the evolution of the culture of the US. However for someone who came to North America I the sixties I am disappointed that there is so much racism in the US.
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on July 21, 2013
In the 1960s, the Moynihan Report was very influential, specially helping conservatives like William F. Buckley to confirm certain conceptions they were already inclined to have about the pathological conditions of black communities. This influenced their view about the black activism of the era. Here Patterson examines the Report and its consequences.
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on January 9, 2014
This book won a major prize, but I don't see why. It is a valentine that tells a lot of valuable information but wrapped in undeserved praise. Moynihan was neither original or insightful. He kicked up a predictable storm with his 1965 report, altered the course of the war on poverty in a bad way, and rode the contorversy to a long career. Patterson couldmhave been more critical and still liked him.
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on July 13, 2010
The book arrived in perfect condition. I've been reading it a little at a time, for time's sake; I love Moynahan, and relish his words.
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