From Slavery to Poverty: The Racial Origins of Welfare in New York, 1840-1918 by Gunja SenGupta

From Slavery to Poverty: The Racial Origins of Welfare in New York, 1840-1918



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From Slavery to Poverty: The Racial Origins of Welfare in New York, 1840-1918 Gunja SenGupta
Language: English
Page: 352
Format: pdf
ISBN: 0814740618, 9780814740613
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Uniting African-American history, welfare history, whiteness studies, and women's studies, SenGupta exposes and contests the racialized nineteenth-century imagery of America as an open, competitive, individualistic, monolithic, "white Republic."-The Journal of Interdisciplinary History,

"Indeed, though race is firmly in the foreground of this analysis, the hidden strength of this book is its abundant illustration of how poor New Yorkers, of every ethnic background, used welfare institutions to their own purposes. In the difficult task of approaching welfare history from the pauper's point of view, Gunja SenGupta has succeeded... Well worth reading for those interested in the lives of the poor and the realities of social welfare, this book also provides new insights into the history of race ideology in the nineteenth century."-The Journal of American History,

From Slavery to Poverty digs deeply into the vexed history of race and welfare in New York city. This book sparkles with fresh insights into the complicated story of black life in America's most important city.”
-Shane White,author of Stories of Freedom in Black New York

“This brilliantly written and boldly argued book finds the origins of popular ideas about race and poverty in a dynamic world of immigrants, former slaves, working women, transients, the elderly, prisoners, and children. Filled with rich details, compelling stories, and unexpected and enlightening examples, From Slavery to Poverty examines the struggles of poor and dispossessed people to expose the pernicious policies and dangerous ideas that cast African Americans as perpetually and inevitably dependent. Those of us who love history will return to this book over and over.”
-Craig Steven Wilder,author of A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn

“SenGupta's finely crafted study of post-slavery poverty in New York City gives a much higher level of understanding of the plight and courage of African Americans in the metropolis. By illuminating the tough economics of black life in nineteenth-century New York, she adds much-needed breadth to contemporary debate over how slavery affects the conditions of urban African Americans today.”
-Graham Russell Gao Hodges,author of Root and Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863

About the Author

Gunja SenGupta is professor of history at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of For God and Mammon: Evangelicals and Entrepreneurs, Masters and Slaves in Territorial Kansas.

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