The Resource American dream : three women, ten kids, and a nation's drive to end welfare, Jason DeParle

American dream : three women, ten kids, and a nation's drive to end welfare, Jason DeParle

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American dream : three women, ten kids, and a nation's drive to end welfare
Title
American dream
Title remainder
three women, ten kids, and a nation's drive to end welfare
Statement of responsibility
Jason DeParle
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Bill Clinton vowed to "end welfare as we know it" in his first run for president in 1992. Four years later, Congress translated a catchy slogan into a law that sent 9 million women and children streaming from the rolls. Did it work? In his book on the historic upheaval in the American social contract, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle follows three women in one extended family to a set of surprising answers." "Cutting between Washington and the streets of Milwaukee, DeParle follows the story from the White House to the local crack house." "DeParle travels between the politicians who wrote the bill and the poor people who lived it. He spent seven years tracking an unforgettable set of characters caught in its wake. Angela Jobe, Jewell Reed, and Opal Caples - cousins, yet closer than sisters - arrive in Milwaukee just as the city becomes the epicenter of the antiwelfare crusade. Their responses vex the expectations of the political left and right. After a dozen years on welfare, Angie thrives as a worker, with a car, two jobs, and a 401(k) - yet her children struggle in school, and her boyfriend tries to shoot her. Jewell, glamorous even in sweatpants, isn't focused on work; what she cares about are her kids and the imprisoned man she wants to marry. Opal combines an antic wit with an appetite for cocaine, while the for-profit welfare agency handling her case squanders the taxpayers' millions. Tracing the story back six generations to a common ancestor - a Mississippi slave - DeParle adds intellectuals, caseworkers, reformers, and rogues to a tale of adversity variously overcome, compounded, or merely endured."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
DeParle, Jason
Dewey number
362.5/568/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
HV95
LC item number
.D26 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Public welfare
  • Welfare recipients
  • Public welfare administration
Label
American dream : three women, ten kids, and a nation's drive to end welfare, Jason DeParle
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I, Welfare : -- 1. The pledge : Washington and Milwaukee, 1991 -- 2. The plantation : Mississippi, 1840-1960 -- 3. The crossroads : Chicago, 1966-1991 -- 4. The survivors : Milwaukee, 1991-1995 -- pt. II, Ending welfare : -- 5. The accidental program : Washington, 1935-1991 -- 6. The establishment fails : Washington, 1992-1994 -- 7. Redefining compassion : Washington, 1994-1995 -- 8. The elusive president : Washington, 1995-1996 -- 9. The radical cuts the rolls : Milwaukee, 1995-1996 -- pt. III, After welfare : -- 10. Angie and Jewell go to work : Milwaukee, 1996-1998 -- 11. Opal's hidden addiction : Milwaukee, 1996-1998 -- 12. Half a safety net : the United States, 1997-2003 -- 13. W-2 buys the crack : Milwaukee, 1998 -- 14. Golf balls and corporate dreams : Milwaukee, 1997-1999 -- 15. Caseworker XMI28W : Milwaukee, 1998-2000 -- 16. Boyfriends : Milwaukee, Spring 1999 -- 17. Money : Milwaukee, Summer 1999 -- 18. A shot at the American dream : Milwaukee, Fall 1999 -- Epilogue: Washington and Milwaukee, 1999-2004 -- Timeline
Control code
ocm54966638
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 422 pages
Isbn
9780670892754
Lccn
2004049494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)54966638
Label
American dream : three women, ten kids, and a nation's drive to end welfare, Jason DeParle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I, Welfare : -- 1. The pledge : Washington and Milwaukee, 1991 -- 2. The plantation : Mississippi, 1840-1960 -- 3. The crossroads : Chicago, 1966-1991 -- 4. The survivors : Milwaukee, 1991-1995 -- pt. II, Ending welfare : -- 5. The accidental program : Washington, 1935-1991 -- 6. The establishment fails : Washington, 1992-1994 -- 7. Redefining compassion : Washington, 1994-1995 -- 8. The elusive president : Washington, 1995-1996 -- 9. The radical cuts the rolls : Milwaukee, 1995-1996 -- pt. III, After welfare : -- 10. Angie and Jewell go to work : Milwaukee, 1996-1998 -- 11. Opal's hidden addiction : Milwaukee, 1996-1998 -- 12. Half a safety net : the United States, 1997-2003 -- 13. W-2 buys the crack : Milwaukee, 1998 -- 14. Golf balls and corporate dreams : Milwaukee, 1997-1999 -- 15. Caseworker XMI28W : Milwaukee, 1998-2000 -- 16. Boyfriends : Milwaukee, Spring 1999 -- 17. Money : Milwaukee, Summer 1999 -- 18. A shot at the American dream : Milwaukee, Fall 1999 -- Epilogue: Washington and Milwaukee, 1999-2004 -- Timeline
Control code
ocm54966638
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 422 pages
Isbn
9780670892754
Lccn
2004049494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)54966638

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