Poverty and the Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1st Edition

  • Jyotsna Sreenivasan
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  • ISBN-10: 1598841696
  • ISBN-13: 9781598841695
  • DDC: 362.5
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Poverty and the Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia looks at one of the most important and controversial issues in U.S. history. Debated vigorously every election year, poverty is a topic that no politician at any level of government can escape. Ranging from colonial times to the New Deal, from Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty to welfare reform and beyond, it is the only encyclopedia focused exclusively on policy initiatives aimed at underprivileged citizens and the impact of those initiatives on the nation.

Poverty and the Government in America offers over 170 entries on policies implemented to alleviate poverty -- their historic contexts, rationales and legacies. The encyclopedia also features separate essays on how poverty has been addressed at federal, state, local, and Native American tribal levels throughout U.S. history. Complimented by a richly detailed chronology and a wealth of primary documents, these features help readers grasp both the broad contours of government efforts to fight poverty and the details and results of specific policies.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Poverty and Local Governments.
Poverty and State Governments.
Poverty and the Federal Government.
Poverty and Tribal Governments.
Chronology of the Government and Poverty.
1: Addams, Jane (1860–1935).
2: Affirmative Action.
3: Agricultural Adjustment Act.
4: Aid to (Families with) Dependent Children.
5: Apprenticeship.
6: Bethune, Mary Mcleod (1875–1955).
7: Black Panther Party.
8: Carey, Mathew (1760–1839).
9: Child Abuse and Poverty.
10: Child Care and Early Childhood Education.
11: Child Labor Laws.
12: Child Labor Laws—Supreme Court Cases.
13: Children's Bureau.
14: Child Support.
15: Child Support Enforcement Program.
16: Civilian Conservation Corps.
17: Civil Rights Act of 1964.
18: Civil Rights Movement.
19: Civil War Pensions.
20: Civil Works Administration.
21: Collier, John (1884–1968).
22: Community Action Programs.
23: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.
24: Contraception and Abortion.
25: Coughlin, Charles (1891–1979).
26: Criminal Justice System and Poverty.
27: Debs, Eugene (1855–1926).
28: Dix, Dorothea (1802–1887).
29: Earned Income Tax Credit.
30: Economic Inequality.
31: Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
32: Elder Nutrition Programs.
33: Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
34: Emergency Food Programs.
35: Eugenics.
36: Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
37: Family and Medical Leave Act.
38: Family Support Act of 1988.
39: Federal Emergency Relief Act.
40: Food Stamp Program/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
41: Freedmen's Bureau.
42: Full Employment.
43: General Allotment Act of 1887.
44: General Assistance.
45: George, Henry (1839–1897).
46: G.I. Bill (Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944).
47: Great Depression.
48: Great Society.
49: Guaranteed Annual Income.
50: Head Start.
51: Health Care for the Poor.
52: Higher Education Act of 1965.
53: Homelessness.
54: Homeless Shelters.
55: Homestead Act of 1862.
56: Home Visitation Services.
57: Hoover, Herbert (1874–1964).
58: Hopkins, Harry (1890–1946).
59: Housing, Low-Income.
60: Hunger and Food Insecurity.
61: Immigration Laws and Poverty.
62: Indentured Servitude.
63: Indian New Deal.
64: Indian Removal Act of 1830.
65: Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
66: Indian Self-Determination.
67: Industrial Revolution.
68: International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.
69: Job Corps.
70: Johnson, Lyndon (1908–1973).
71: Juvenile Justice System.