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Abstract

Our first black or first woman President might well help reinvigorate the centuries-old category of the "undeserving poor"' and help refasten it on poor women of color. That is a likely, though unintended, consequence of the kinds of social policies both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama promise to pursue in the "post-welfare" world of early twenty-first century America. The work of Felicia Kornbluh provides an invaluable lens through which to ponder it. She chronicles the strategies and fortunes, insights and blindness of the welfare rights movement of the 1960s, which are germane in trying to imagine what might push a Democratic administration toward more pro-poor policies in the dramatically different world of the 2010s.

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