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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 the Hardcover edition.
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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 (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Blah, I am using this book for a history of social work class and boy it's a dry read. It's interesting but repetitive. Also there are no additional study materials that can be bought to go with this book either. Good luck if you're taking a class using this as the text.

Ps: if Lahasky is your instructor, take detailed notes of the reading, you will need them!
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Although written in a scholarly manner the book isn't dull. I'm very interested in how we got to the present welfare state we now have and this book provides the history from colonial times to present day.
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A good survey of the major ways that poverty has been addressed in America. Trattner attempts to address both sides of the issue but he inserts significant bias towards the left on most of the issues. I would supplement any of your research from this book with other sources that are not so overtly welfare-state driven.
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