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Author Woodsworth, Michael, 1978- author.

Title Battle for Bed-Stuy : the long war on poverty in New York City / Michael Woodsworth.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2016].


Location Call No. Status
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  362.5 WOO    Storage
Description vii, 416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Battle for Bed-Stuy is about an unlikely alliance that changed the shape of urban policy in the United States. The book reinterprets Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty from the ground up and shows how Johnson's "unconditional" crusade, launched in 1964, grew out of the rich exchange of ideas that had been unfolding in New York neighborhoods for years beforehand. The critical neighborhood in this story was Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the drive to end poverty dovetailed with a vibrant civil-rights movement. The book emphasizes the policy role of the area's African-American middle-class, especially women, who acted as brokers between politicians and the poor. In particular, they worked with Mayor Robert F. Wagner in the 1950s and early '60s to develop new social work techniques and a new model of neighborhood-based planning. Such partnerships laid the groundwork for the federal Community Action Program, the centerpiece of the War on Poverty."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Urban policy -- New York (State) -- New York.
Poverty -- Political aspects -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
African American women -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York.
Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century.
African American women -- Political activity. (OCoLC)fst00799461
African Americans -- Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst00799659
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Poverty -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01074115
Urban policy. (OCoLC)fst01162489
New York (State) -- New York. (OCoLC)fst01204333
New York (State) -- New York -- Bedford-Stuyvesant. (OCoLC)fst01319398
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780674545069 (alk. paper)
0674545060 (alk. paper)
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