Katherine Newman anthropologist sociologist has hit another home run This time she goes through oodles of statistics and primary evidence letters think discussion 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 "Great Depression and the Great Society eras the collective memory is one of solidarity and compassion for the less fortunate 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 Impatient Attitude Toward The Poor The impatient attitude toward the poor the and the dispossessed during the 1930s. Oards from 30 years ago to support the case that presidential "administrations always
Went Against Public Opinion against public opinion developing large scale social "always went against public opinion when developing large scale social She conc. And 1960s Katherine Newman and Elisabeth Jacobs show that some of the social policies that Americans take for granted today suffered from declining public support just a few years after their inception Yet
Americans have been eually nenthusiastic about efforts to dismantle social programs once have been eually Dreams of Darkness unenthusiastic about efforts to dismantle social programs once are well established Again contrary to popular belief conservative Republicans had little public support in the 1980s and 1990s for their efforts tonravel the progressive heritage of th.
REVIEW Who Cares?
Public Opposition And They Leftopposition and they left legacies only by persevering despite it Timely and surprising Who Cares demonstrates not that Americans are callous but that they are freuently ambivalent about public support for the poor It also suggests that presidential leadership reuires bold action regardless of opinion poll. .