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

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

Author: Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward
Publisher: Vintage Books
Copyright: 1977
Pages: 408
Cover Price: $ 14.75

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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:

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Background Information

The American economy felt into a slump after the Crash of 1929 and continued at low levesl throughout the next decade. The Congress of Industrial Organizations was founded because many union leaders felt that the AFL was not doing enough for the average worker in large industries. The civil rights movement, which aimed to deliver the rights assured black Americans in the post-Civil-War amendments, reached its peak of activity in the 1960's.