People must live by work : direct job creation in America, from FDR to Reagan / Steven Attewell.

Author
Attewell, Steven [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2018]
  • ©2018
Description
viii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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Series
Politics and culture in modern America. [More in this series]
Summary note
"Steven Attewell presents the history of an idea-- direct job creation-- that transformed the role of government in ameliorating unemployment by hiring the unemployed en masse to prevent widespread destitution in economic crises. For ten years, between 1933 and 1943, direct job creation was put into practice, employing more than eight million Americans and making the federal government the largest single employer in the country. Yet in 2008, when the most dramatic economic crisis since the Depression occurred, the idea of direct job creation was nowhere to be found on the list of policies deemed feasible or advisable for government at any level. People Must Live by Work traces the rise and fall of direct job creation policy-how it was put into practice, how it came within a hairbreadth of becoming a permanent feature of American economic and social administration, and why it has been largely forgotten or discounted today. Contrary to more conventional arguments, Attewell reveals that the New Deal ended the Great Depression before the United States entered World War II and its jobs programs continued to influence policy debates over the Employment Act of 1946. He examines the deliberations surrounding the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act that was signed into law in 1978 and demonstrates the ways in which direct job creation played a significant and polarizing role in dividing the economic establishment and the Democratic party in the 1970s. People Must Live by Work not only chronicles the ambition, constraints, and achievements of direct job creation policy in the past but also proposes a framework for understanding its enduring significance and promise for today"-- Provided by publisher.
Notes
"PENN."
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
  • 9780812250435 ((hardcover ; : acid-free paper))
  • 0812250435 ((hardcover ; : acid-free paper))
LCCN
2018021911
OCLC
1030378598
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