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From the Poor Law to the Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America Paperback – 3 Mar 1994

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  • Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; 5th edition edition (3 Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002932713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029327135
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,945,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Walter I. Trattner is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wow! 20 Jun. 2011
By Susan M. Craun - Published on
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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.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A broad, sweeping history of America and Charity 9 Jun. 2000
By JOSHUA J DIVINE - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Easy to read. Short. Cheap. Great. 4 Oct. 2013
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Chapters short. Check. Easy to understand with no stuffy language. Check. Kindle price:$11. Check. What more could you want in a comprehensive history book?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
but a good historical overview of social welfare in the United States 1 July 2014
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
interesting and written as a story 17 April 2014
By LiSah - Published on
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This is really interesting and actually reads as a story - the story of welfare/caring for others in America. It's actually fascinating how it impacts us TODAY and policy and health care and non-profits. Definitely read.
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