Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, how They Fail

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Vintage books, 1979 - History - 381 pages
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Have the poor fared best by participating in conventional electoral politics or by engaging in mass defiance and disruption? The authors of the classic Regulating The Poor assess the successes and failures of these two strategies as they examine, in this provocative study, four protest movements of lower-class groups in 20th century America:
-- The mobilization of the unemployed during the Great Depression that gave rise to the Workers' Alliance of America
-- The industrial strikes that resulted in the formation of the CIO
-- The Southern Civil Rights Movement
-- The movement of welfare recipients led by the National Welfare Rights Organization.

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Review: Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail

User Review  - Just A. Bean - Goodreads

I learned so much reading this book. It was a bit technical, and tended to repetitive, but really worth the time if you're into mid 20th-century history, or the history of mass movements. Very well thought out, organised and insightful. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Had a hard time getting into this book, but it was worth it in the end. I would actually recommend that potential readers read Howard Zinn's People's History of The United States first, as this would ... Read full review

Contents

The Structuring of Protest
1
The Unemployed Workers Movement
41
The Industrial Workers Movement
96
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About the author (1979)

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School, City University of New York. She is coeditor of "Work, Welfare and Politics". Her other award-winning books include "Regulating the Poor, Why Americans Don't Vote", and "Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail "(all with Richard Cloward).

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