By Mary Poole
Although northern white liberals were theoretically sympathetic to the plight of African Americans, Poole says, their primary aim was to save the American economy by salvaging the pride of America's "essential" white male industrial workers. The liberal framers of the Social Security Act elevated the status of Unemployment Insurance and Social Security--and the white workers they were designed to serve--by differentiating them from welfare programs, which served black workers.
Revising the standard story of the racialized politics of Roosevelt's New Deal, Poole's arguments also reshape our understanding of the role of public policy in race relations in the twentieth century, laying bare the assumptions that must be challenged if we hope to put an end to racial inequality in the twenty-first.
- Chapel Hill, NC
- New Deal, 1933-1939
- African Americans--Economic Conditions--20th Century
- African Americans--Government Policy--History--20th Century
- African Americans--Segregation--History--20th Century
- Social Security--United States--History--20th Century
- Race Discrimination--United States--History--20th Century
- Welfare State--United States--History--20th Century
- United States--Social Policy
- United States--Politics And Government--1933-1945
- Depressions--1929--United States