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Author Williams, Rhonda Y.

Title The politics of public housing : Black women's struggles against urban inequality / by Rhonda Y. Williams
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 306 pages) : illustrations
Series Transgressing boundaries
Transgressing boundaries.
Contents Creating "a little heaven for poor people": decent housing and respectable communities -- "A woman can understand": dissidence in 1940s' public housing -- Shifting landscapes in postwar Baltimore -- "When then came the change": the fight against disrepute -- "An awakening giant": the search for poor people's political power -- "Sunlight at early dawn": economic struggles, public housing and welfare rights
Summary Black women have traditionally represented the canvas on which many debates about poverty and welfare have been drawn. For a quarter century after the publication of the notorious Moynihan report, poor black women were tarred with the same brush: "ghetto moms" or "welfare queens" living off the state, with little ambition or hope of an independent future. At the same time, the history of the civil rights movement has all too often succumbed to an idolatry that stresses the centrality of prominent leaders while overlooking those who fought daily for their survival in an often hostile urban land
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-295) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject African American women -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Low-income housing -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Poor women -- Political activity -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Poor women -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Public welfare -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Welfare recipients -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Women heads of households -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003023137
ISBN 0195158903
1423720369 (electronic bk.)
9781423720362 (electronic bk.)