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The Dispossessed: America's Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present


reviewed by Mark Stern - 1993

coverTitle: The Dispossessed: America's Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present
Author(s): Jacqueline Jones
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 046501674X, Pages: , Year:
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Jacqueline Jones's The Dispossessed is a breathtaking achievement. Indeed, at the very least, it is three outstanding books. First, it is a model of historical scholarship. Jones appears to have read every newspaper, government report, memoir, and oral history that bears on the subject and is thus able to gain insight into a topic--for example, the status displays of poor black farmers (p. 97)--that might be thought to be beyond the view of historians. Second, The Dispossessed is a work of social theory. Building on her exploration of race, class, and gender in Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow,(n1) Jones examines how the social position of America's poor has been reproduced from the end of slavery through the crack epidemic of the 1980s. Finally, this is a work of social policy. Jones uses her grasp of the history of southern blacks and whites and their migration to the North to place the current debate over poverty and welfare in perspective. The story Jones has to tell... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 1, 1993, p. 144-146
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 125, Date Accessed: 8/4/2020 4:33:50 PM

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