Tell It Like It Is
Women in the National Welfare Rights Movement
Triece explains the influence of racism on welfare legislation throughout the early 1900s and explores how welfare recipients cultivated agency while challenging stereotypes such as the "welfare cheat" and the "welfare mother." To illuminate her study, Triece uses historical documents including pamphlets, flyers, position statements, and convention materials. She examines the official newspaper of the NWRO, the Welfare Fighter, and draws on the congressional testimonies of welfare recipients, providing the first in-depth look at the ways that poor black women represented themselves in this formal political forum.
Tell It Like It Is presents an interdisciplinary study touching on communication, rhetoric, politics, feminist theory, and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. It also engages in ongoing scholarly debate regarding language, knowledge, reality, and the potential for social change. Triece contributes to each of these disciplines as she explores how a marginalized and beleaguered people managed to mobilize a nationwide movement.
About the Author
"Triece's research prowess applies historical materialism and standpoint theory, resulting in a well-argued challenge to mythic narratives . . ."—Letters, Laws, and New (In)Justice
"Because Triece has a gift for making complex theoretical debates accessible and because she imbues abstract notions with practical meaning, her book would work well in undergraduate as well as graduate seminars. Moreover, Tell It Like It Is should hold a place of honor on the bookshelves of all of us committed to using our theoretical knowledge to better understand and to amplify the voices of those previously silenced by injustice."—Southern Communication Journal
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