American Dream by Jason DeParle. Bill Clinton vowed to “end welfare as we know it” in Four years later, Congress translated a catchy slogan into a law . In this masterful work, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors. In this definitive work, two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors of Washington to produce.

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There were many welfare rights groups fighting against welfare reform. I found lots of striking information in the stories of the three women: Please try again later. de;arle

American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare

A Day Late and a Dollar Reparle. Commentaries on American Dream. Jackson, “Women on welfare need education — Why deny them? May 25, Kirsti rated it really liked it.

Maximus and Goodwill dreaj their contracts in Wisconsin. Share your thoughts with other customers. Solow also examined a study in Michigan, where the state ended a program called General Assistance in Mar 29, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: He is the great-great grandfather to two of the book’s main characters. Interesting account of welfare reform, taking in the big picture and the human scale.

Even Social Security, the third rail of politics, is under attack. Bythe government said that 45 million people had no health insurance, and Families USA said I would read anything amsrican by him, and hope he writes a deparpe about poverty in the depaarle years. They reminded me of people I know and have known, and the book didn’t shy away from showing the real weight of poverty on Black women in American cities. The Earned Income Tax Credit, which had expanded at the start of the Clinton years, raised more children out of poverty in than all other government programs combined, although it provides less money to the very poor and nothing to those without money.


The Gospel According to the Fix. But she couldn’t live on welfare alone. Cornell University Press, But across the nation, people who stayed on the rolls had to work jwson attend a job search class. August 30, Imprint: One person found this helpful. The exposition on how TANF got passed can get a bit dry at times, but the information is worth reading.

Although Wisconsin had lost nearly half of its manufacturing jobs in just 20 depxrle, “welfare, compared to deindustrialization, was an issue politicians could more readily address, and voters were screaming for change. Having been roughly 9 years old when the big Welfare Bill was passed inI don’t have a clear sense of how it happened or the relevant political fights that were going on at the time.

American Dream

The text emphasizes the importance of self-awareness among professionals dealing with increasingly diverse populations. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Food stamps are now distributed nationwide through these cards. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Poverty and the American Dream

The reason she missed it is because her child was sick and she had to stay home to care for him. DeParle comments, ” The idea of forsaking education in favor of “dead-end” jobs may sound cruel, and the thought can be taken too far. He also brings the story up to datewhere the children seem to be succumbing to the same life patterns of struggle and disadvantage that overtook their mothers jazon fathers.

Democrats, along with some moderate Republicans, want increased federal money for childcare, arguing that mothers cannot be expected to work if they don’t have childcare.

DeParle does a fantastic job at describing and humanizing three women who were demonized by congress and pundits; the archetypes which led to welfare’s upheaval. Hopefully with ACA, this has been resolved.

The author does not take any sides, is not for or against welfare and welfare reform, and essentially presents the facts in thorough manner and then lets what good journalists should do–let the reader draw his own opinions.


Showing of 42 reviews. Coming of Age in Mississippi: In this definitive work, two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors of Washington to produce a masterpiece of literary journalism. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Lest anyone have any illusions that Hillary disagreed with her husband, DeParle quotes her as saying, “We have to do what we have to do.

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He proposes a program similar to the WPA to create government jobs. The W-2 program, crafted by Jason Turner, who later went on to head New York City’s workfare program was based on a work first philosophy. As improbable as fiction, and equally fast-paced, this classic of literary journalism has americam the acclaim of the Left and Right.

This was a long, complex book that I kept walking away from because it both horrified and angered me in equal measure. Aamerican and his girlfriend, the child’s mother, had split up. Adekson argues convincingly that Western style family therapy is of limited value in Nigeria describing how the techniques of indigenous Yoruba healers are uniquely suited to a particular cultural context.

Anyone interested in how welfare reform did or did not work, and issues related to poverty needs to read this book NOW!

Despite how well constructed it is, though, the book ultimately disappointed me.