American Dream by Jason DeParle. Bill Clinton vowed to “end welfare as we know it” in Four years later, Congress translated a catchy slogan into a law . In this masterful work, New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors. In this definitive work, two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors of Washington to produce.

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You’ve successfully reported this review. DeParle follows four young women and their children for depparle extended period of time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through “welfare reform”. Everyone would be forced to work in order to get a check. Concepts of victimization related to domestic and family violence, sexual assault, hate and bias crimes, and criminal death are explored within an examination of the justice in relation to victims.

While the book focuses on social work practice, it would also dfparle relevant to other disciplines that address victim services.

American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare

Return to Book Page. DeParle deftly weaves the genealogy of his protagonists — Angie, Jewell, and Opal — with the history of slavery and its aftermath and the history of welfare policy. InDavid Ellwood, responding to conservatives who co-opted his study on welfare dependency, suggested a deal: Poor women tumbled off the rolls and went to work.

Mar 25, Lobstergirl rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It may have sort of provided a bit of a path out of poverty for those who choose to take it It is up to the reader to reflect, debate, and get involved in the policy discourse about how to improve the life chances of these women and their children.

Sep 03, Abby rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I kept putting it down at first, not because it’s bad, but because it was bothering me so much. Jul 11, Tim rated it really liked it. It also became apparent that the women did not value the government check quite as much as the public thought they did.


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I depagle to be day and night in the hospital and I could not work. DeParle carefully unveils the complexities of poverty and renders a fair account of how many factors contribute to poverty and the goal should not to be to help people “get by,” but rather the goal should be to help people elevate themselves and their families, which welfare has failed to do as evidenced by the hard data.

The sheer weight of their family problems, their oppressive neighborhoods, their health issues, and the complete lack of role models, is astonishing. I didn’t walk away with a definitive answer, but definately more of an understanding.

The Republican strategy was to expose Clinton as a hypocrite who wouldn’t deliver on welfare jasin despite his rhetoric. On the far right was Newt Gingrich, calling for a balanced budget that could only be achieved by ending all social supports — not only welfare, but food stamps, Medicaid, and school lunch programs.

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Because of the decline in cases due to so many drream going off the welfare roles there were surpluses of money. I was somewhat shocked that virtually ALL the children were born out of wedlock that was shocking to a young woman who had recently attended Catholic schools. Kennedy School of Government.

I dreeam been a welfare worker in and Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. State officials said this would make the program more efficient, but in fact it was an excellent case example for what’s wrong with privatization.

Oregon invested in casework. Michael felt ashamed to have his own children on welfare, but he deparlle the checks, with his child-support payments, helped nurture their daughter to health. The Shame of the Nation. The take home message of this book, to me, is that our nation fails its poor members in so many ways.

Jason DeParle – American Dream

Criminal charges were brought against the most egregious offenders, but that ajson much help the families who didn’t get the aid they needed Anyway, it was a brilliantly written, very interesting, engaging story about major changes in America’s safety net. Subsequently, the varying needs and issues of victims within the context of their environment are explored.


On the contrary, he became very involved in their lives, did huge favors for them like driving them three hours to visit an imprisoned father, hugged their children, was hugely sympathetic to their plights, etc. I’m telling people this isn’t the way, and my own family ends up on the system. Kesha had to care for the younger children while Angie worked, which made it hard for her to do school work.

Seeing Different Views of the Elephant: As the author put it paraphrase: Some, like Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin and John Engler in Michigan, had run experimental welfare programs that received national publicity and had reduced the rolls. Maximus and Goodwill lost their contracts in Wisconsin. The story centered on three mostly single moms trying to raise their families and survive after Clinton’s push to “end welfare as we know it”. They also had guaranteed universal childcare and universal health care.

The Bush administration and a Republican Congress promise tougher times ahead for domestic programs. I absolutly loved this book. From the TV news to waiting-room posters came the same strident message: They welfare helped me buy winter clothes for the children and protect them because they were all developing asthma.

In addition to describing how the three women struggle to earn a living and raise their children, DeParle juxtaposes the issues that color the programs and policies that constrain their worlds—what was happening at state agencies and how drezm political and ideological battles in Wisconsin and Washington shaped the landmark welfare reform legislation. Here are two of the 27 stories that they published in their booklet:.

Jun 20, Dave rated it it was amazing. Clearly, he got to know them, and win their trust.