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Author Newman, Katherine S., 1953-
Title Who cares? : public ambivalence and government activism from the New Deal to the second gilded age / Katherine S. Newman and Elisabeth S. Jacobs.
Imprint Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2010]

Subject Economics -- United States -- 20th century.
United States -- Economic policy -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Alt Name Jacobs, Elisabeth S., 1977-
Description 1 online resource (xv, 219 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Devoted to the common good? -- Dissent and the New Deal -- Warring over the war on poverty -- Economic anxiety in the new gilded age -- Searching for "the better angels of our nature."
Summary Americans like to think that they look after their own, especially in times of hardship. Particularly for the Great Depression and the Great Society eras, the collective memory is one of solidarity and compassion for the less fortunate. Who Cares? challenges this story by examining opinion polls and letters to presidents from average citizens. This evidence, some of it little known, reveals a much darker, more impatient attitude toward the poor, the unemployed, and the dispossessed during the 1930s and 1960s. Katherine Newman and Elisabeth Jacobs show that some of the social policies that Amer.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781400834686 (electronic bk.)
1400834686 (electronic bk.)
9780691135632 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 647880010
Additional Format Print version: Newman, Katherine S., 1953- Who cares?. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©2010 (DLC) 2009029407