Three Worlds of Relief examines the role of race and immigration in the development of the American social welfare system by comparing how blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants were treated by welfare policies during the Progressive Era and athe New Deal. Taking readers from the turn of the twentieth century to the dark days of the Depression, the book finds that, despite rampant nativism, European immigrants received generous access to social welfare programs.
Physical Description:1 online resource remote
Publisher:Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2012.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Race, immigration, and the American welfare state -- Three worlds of race, labor, and politics -- Three worlds of relief -- The Mexican dependency problem -- No beggar spirit -- Deporting the unwelcome visitors -- Repatriating the unassimilable aliens -- A fair deal or a raw deal? -- The WPA and the (short-lived) triumph of nativism -- A new deal for the alien -- The boundaries of social citizenship.