The Long Shadow of the Moynihan Report

SusanGreenbaumHow did our policy makers get the notion that the people to blame for poverty . . . are poor people?

For an answer, we’ll go back 50 years to a Department of Labor document that gave Washington elites the explanation they wanted for why Watts was burning–and, in the process, laid the groundwork for three decades of attacks on welfare.


  • Susan Greenbaum, professor emerita of anthropology at the University of South Florida – Tampa – now author of Blaming the Poor: the Long Shadow of The Moynihan Report on Cruel Images About Povertyblaming the poor


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