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When movements matter : the Townsend plan and the rise of social security

Author: Edwin Amenta
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Series: Princeton studies in American politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on a wealth of primary evidence, historical detail, and arresting images, Edwin Amenta traces the ups and downs of the Townsend Plan and its elderly leader Dr. Francis E. Townsend in the struggle to remake old age. In the process, Amenta advances a new theory of when social movements are influential."--Jacket.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin Amenta
ISBN: 0691124736 9780691124735
OCLC Number: 62324728
Description: viii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the Townsend plan's image problem --
Success or consequences, and U.S. social movements --
How the West was won over --
Behind the Townsend plan's rise and initial impact --
The Townsend plan versus social security --
A national challenger --
Dr. Townsend, now at the helm --
The rise of a pension movement --
The Townsend plan versus social security, part 2 --
The elusive double victory --
Conclusion : a hero for the aged?
Series Title: Princeton studies in American politics.
Responsibility: Edwin Amenta.
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Accounts for the origins of Social Security. This book tells the story of the Townsend Plan - a political organization that sought to alleviate poverty and end the Great Depression through a  Read more...

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