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Author Igra, Anna R.

Title Wives without husbands : marriage, desertion, & welfare in New York, 1900-1935 / Anna R. Igra
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 175 pages) : illustrations
Series Gender & American culture
Gender & American culture.
Contents They need not become a burden to the state -- The creation of an antidesertion system in New York -- Ambivalent breadwinners and the public purse -- Bread givers : from desertion to the national desertion bureau -- Desertion and the courts -- Deserted women and social welfare policy -- Epilogue: The legacy of antidesertion reform
Summary Shedding light on contemporary campaigns to encourage marriage among welfare recipients and to prosecute "deadbeat dads," this book traces the efforts of Progressive reformers to make "runaway husbands" support their families. It analyzes the history of antidesertion reform from its emergence in social policy debates
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-169) and index
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Subject National Desertion Bureau, New York -- Case studies.
National Desertion Bureau, New York -- History.
Absentee fathers -- New York (State) -- New York.
Desertion and non-support -- New York (State) -- New York.
Jewish women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Economic conditions.
Jewish women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
Poor women -- New York (State) -- New York.
Public welfare -- New York (State) -- New York.
Welfare recipients -- New York (State) -- New York.
Women heads of households -- New York (State) -- New York.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006026996
ISBN 0807876585 (electronic bk.)
9780807876589 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)