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Myth of the welfare queen a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist"s portrait of women on the line by David Zucchino

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Published by Scribner in New York .
Written in English



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  • Welfare recipients -- United States -- Social conditions.,
  • Welfare recipients -- United States -- Economic conditions.,
  • Women -- United States -- Social conditions.,
  • Women -- United States -- Economic conditions.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-354) and index.

StatementDavid Zucchino.
LC ClassificationsHV91 .Z85 1997
The Physical Object
Pagination366 p. ;
Number of Pages366
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL663572M
ISBN 100684819147
LC Control Number97009104

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I found "Myth of the Welfare Queen" to be deeply moving, despite the 20 years that have lapsed since its publication. The book is both nostalgic and familiar. Zucchino provides a vivid portrait of North Philadelphia in the mids, dutifully tracking the quotidian rhythms of his protagonists' lives/5.   Book: 'The Queen' Follows Original Welfare Fraudster Linda Taylor Josh Levin, author of The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth, .   The Ugly Myth of the Welfare Queen In his new book The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth, Josh Levin, an editor at Slate, . Part social history, part true-crime investigation, Josh Levin's mesmerizing book, the product of six years of reporting and research, is a fascinating account of American racism, and an exposé of the "welfare queen" myth, one that fueled political debates that reverberate to this day/5(93).

  The myths of the welfare queen, “super-predators” in our inner cities and migrant gang members pouring across our southern border have clouded debate for too long. Levin’s story calls upon.   The story of the woman famously referred to as a "welfare queen" in Ronald Reagan's campaign is far more bizarre and unsettling than the .   “The audience knew what this welfare-swiping villain looked like,” Josh Levin writes in his new book, “The Queen.” “She was a lazy, black con artist, unashamed about cadging the money.   The Other “Welfare Queens” Linda Taylor was the first to earn the vicious nickname. Once she was in prison, the press and prosecutors looked for other women to take her place.

It is unlikely this book will engender new and widespread respect for welfare mothers, for the ``welfare queen'' myth draws its strength from what people want to believe, not misperceptions of reality.   Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography In this critically acclaimed true crime tale of "welfare queen" Linda Taylor, a Slate editor reveals a "wild, only-in-America story" of political manipulation and murder (Attica Locke, Edgar Award-winning author).On the South Side of Chicago in , Linda Taylor reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry.   She was stereotyped as ‘the welfare queen.’ The truth was more disturbing, a new book says. Holding her hat against the wind, Linda Taylor leaves court in Chicago on Nov. 27,   "Myth of the Welfare Queen" is a sympathetic portrayal of impoverished American families who depend on Welfare to support themselves. As a character in the book notes, welfare recipients are among the most despised segment of our nation's population/5(5).