The Despised Poor: Newburgh's War on Welfare

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A POSTSCRIPT

THE SAME ISSUE OF The New York Herald Tribune which carried a front page announcement of Pope John XXIII encyclical, Mater et Magistra, ran in a nearby column a story on the Newburgh welfare controversy. It is doubtful if many readers saw any connection between the two stories. Yet, each represented a different view of the same theme --man's duty toward his fellow man.

"Essentially the Newburgh crusade is a bold attack upon age-old principles of social justice and neighborly concern for the unfortunate which are our heritage from religion, morality and the fair-play sense of American democracy," Dan Boudreau told a Newburgh audience. "The social doctrine of the Mitchell crusade is that it is a suckers game to spend one's money on the weak element in society."

The evidence displayed during the Newburgh controversy that many good Americans who contribute regularly to their Community Chest, donate their clothing to flood victims, and sponsor Christmas parties for orphans scorn those on relief shocked many welfare officials secure in their semi- private world of forms and statistics. "A large segment of the public despises, even hates the poor," Laurin Hyde, New York City consultant in the managment of health and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents viii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • One a Pleasant Little City 3
  • Two "A Hell of a Likeable Guy . . ." 9
  • Three · a Rare Opportunity 20
  • Four · the Groundwork is Prepared 30
  • Five · a Thirteen-Point Program 45
  • Six · White and Black 59
  • Seven July 7, 1961: A Hearing 84
  • Eight · "I'Ll Leave It Up to the Lord to Provide." 102
  • Nine · Injunction 115
  • Ten · Mitchell the Politician 131
  • Eleven · a Charge of Bribery 169
  • Twelve Results of the Newburgh Program 188
  • A Postscript 210
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