From Poor Law to Welfare State, 6th Edition: A History of Social Welfare in America


Preface to the Sixth Edition The first question most readers undoubtedly will ask is, why publish a new edition of "From Poor Law to Welfare State" at this time? While there are a number of reasons for doing so, there are two compelling, although related, answers to that question. First, the previous edition of this work ended on a rather upbeat, or optimistic, note. President Bill Clinton had just introduced his sweeping proposal to overhaul the nation's health care system, and while many questions about that undertaking ...

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