"Scholars of social policy have examined national government policy in depth, but we also need to remember that a policy can be no better than its actual implementation at the local level. The New Deal and Beyond provides exactly that kind of unromantic, realistic appraisal of how social welfare programs made a difference—or did not make a difference."
—Linda Gordon, author of Heroes of Their Own Lives
"Affirms regional distinctiveness while connecting the development of social welfare institutions in the South to the growth of the federal welfare state . . . The fascinating essays in this volume underscore how landmark social welfare programs crafted in Democratic congresses, in which conservative southerners still wielded considerable power, initiated meaningful change but also allowed the survival of regional differences."
"Overall, the essays succeed in raising significant questions about southern distinctiveness and, moreover, the limits and occasionally unintended goods of social welfare policy."
"A valuable collection that succeeds in highlighting possible directions for further research . . .Most important, however, The New Deal and Beyond calls attention to the need for a broader reexamination of the state and local dimensions of the expansion of the twentieth-century American welfare state."
—Reviews in American History
"[A] fine collection . . . Green's elegantly written introduction provides a concise, thorough overview of the state of research on southern social welfare since 1930. . . . A better understanding of social welfare efforts from the past can inform today's policy-making. This important work should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex workings of social welfare programs in any age."
—South Carolina Historical Magazine
"Anyone interested in the history of modern social welfare policy in the South should read The New Deal and Beyond as it offers provocative analyses of how race, gender, class, and region influence relationships between the citizenry and the state."
—Brooke Speer Orr, George Washington University
"These ten essays fulfill the editor's goal of laying out a new set of research strategies and analytical models for southern welfare history."
Some essays look at the degree of federal responsiveness to, or actual engagement with, recipients of assistance. One such study examines the dynamics between the New Deal bureaucracy, poor women who worked in WPA-organized sewing rooms in Atlanta, and local political activists concerned about the women's working conditions. The power of race and racism to shape the delivery of social services in the region, as well as the strong connections between social welfare and civil rights, is a concern common to many studies. One study shows how linking the availability of federal Medicare funds to racial equality helped end segregation in southern hospitals. Others focus on topics ranging from the pioneering North Carolina Fund, a state program that shaped Great Society initiatives, to the public health nurses and home economists of the Farm Security Administration, to Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge's maneuverings against the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
The New Deal and Beyond is filled with many new insights into initiating and maintaining social programs in the South, a region whose welfare history is key to understanding the larger story of the American welfare state.
List price: $29.95
View Shopping Cart