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The Welfare of Children$
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Duncan Lindsey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195136715

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136715.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of Welfare for Disadvantaged Children in America

The Rise and Fall of Welfare for Disadvantaged Children in America

(p.243) 9 The Rise and Fall of Welfare for Disadvantaged Children in America
The Welfare of Children

Duncan Lindsey

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the rise of the modern welfare system in the United States, and the causes that led to the continued high rates of welfare up to the end of the 20th century. It examines the conservative arguments against welfare which led ultimately to its reform and, some say, its essential end. Many of the changes began in the late 1960s but continue even today. It is shown that although the welfare program designed to provide income assistance to poor children has been reformed and largely dismantled, the social and economic conditions it was designed to address are still present.

Keywords:   child welfare system, child poverty, welfare reform, poor children

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