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In Freedom is Not Enough, award-winning historian James Patterson narrates the birth, life, and afterlife of the explosive Moynihan report, which altered the way we view race in America

In Freedom is Not Enough, award-winning historian James Patterson narrates the birth, life, and afterlife of the explosive Moynihan report, which altered the way we view race in America. In 1965, President Johnson was leading an optimistic nation toward progress, especially in regard to the civil rights movement, which had just achieved the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. But this momentum was quickly lost, in part due to the negative reception of Daniel Patrick Moynihanâ?™s Report on Black Family Life.

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In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan drafted an influential report on the deterioration of low-income black families that helped shape . social welfare policy over the past 45 years

In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan drafted an influential report on the deterioration of low-income black families that helped shape . social welfare policy over the past 45 years. On June 10, Governance Studies at Brookings will host James Patterson, professor emeritus at Brown University to discuss his book, Freedom is Not Enough (Basic Books, 2010), a history of the Moynihan Report and its influence, and examine the connections between marriage, race and poverty. Freedom is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life.

But Moynihan's arguments proved startlingly prescient, and established the . Report and America's Struggle over Black Family Life-from LBJ t.

But Moynihan's arguments proved startlingly prescient, and established the terms of a debate about welfare policy that have endured for forty-five years. The history of one of the great missed opportunities in American history, Freedom Is Not Enough will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand our nation's ongoing failure to address the tragedy of the black underclass. Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America's Struggle over Black Family Life-from LBJ to Obama.

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James T. Patterson, Freedom is Not Enough: the Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life - from LBJ to. Patterson, Freedom is Not Enough: the Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life - from LBJ to Obama, Basic Books, 264 pp. In 1965, Patrick Moynihan, then an obscure Labor Department bureaucrat, wrote a report for President Lyndon Johnson called The Negro Family: The Case for National Action. In Freedom is Not Enough, historian James T. Patterson, emeritus of Brown University, describes the effects of the report, recounts the life of its author, summarizes various academic attempts to explain black illegitimacy, and describes the policies that were meant to reduce it.

On June 4, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson delivered what he and many others considered the greatest civil rights speech of his career. Proudly, Johnson hailed the new freedoms granted to African Americans due to the newly passed Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, but noted that “freedom is not enough.” The next stage of the movement would be to secure racial equality “as a fact and a result.”

The speech was drafted by an assistant secretary of labor by the name of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who had just a few months earlier drafted a scorching report on the deterioration of the urban black family in America. When that report was leaked to the press a month after Johnson's speech, it created a whirlwind of controversy from which Johnson's civil rights initiatives would never recover. But Moynihan's arguments proved startlingly prescient, and established the terms of a debate about welfare policy that have endured for forty-five years.

The history of one of the great missed opportunities in American history, Freedom Is Not Enough will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand our nation's ongoing failure to address the tragedy of the black underclass.


Comments: (7)

Drelalen
I love Patterson's writing. This is the fourth book of his that I've read in the past few months. Here, he focuses on the Moynihan report and America's struggle with black family life. As usual, Patterson does an excellent job researching divergent opinions and presents them to the reader honesty and written clearly.,It tackles controversial issues such as the matriarchal society of many urban black societies and the lack of positive male role models. Maybe, on the 50 th anniversary of he Moynihan Report, we should see if he was correct.: did the pathology get worse?
Hulore
Thoughtful analysis of the report and a good starting point for further research. There is no claim that the book answers any questions, whether it be the Report, the problem or the solution to the problem although I concluded that a dysfunctional family is a difficult obstacle to overcome.

Sam Bertolet
The Sphinx of Driz
It's the one book on the Moynihan Report you should read.
Mightdragon
The famous report by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an Assistant Secretary of Labor, published in 1965, put forward the statistical observation that problems in Black families was not due to the lack of opportunity, but to the weak family structure, where there was a very large number of single parent, especially mothers only, families among blacks. This produced a backlash, especially in a 1969 book, "Blaming the Victim". It charged that Moynihan is accusing the victims to be responsible for their own suffering.

This book shows that is fundamentally mistaken, because Moynihan's cause is, in turn, caused by conditions in society and in historical situations affecting black families, things which are beyond their control. Patterson is a scholar who has no stake in the game, and relies on new demographic information to show the Moynihan scenario has not disappeared. Black families still frequently have the cards stacked against them by societal conditions.
Doukasa
Very insightful.
Zaryagan
Excellent. A great insight into the evolution of the culture of the US. However for someone who came to North America I the sixties I am disappointed that there is so much racism in the US.
Erienan
In the 1960s, the Moynihan Report was very influential, specially helping conservatives like William F. Buckley to confirm certain conceptions they were already inclined to have about the pathological conditions of black communities. This influenced their view about the black activism of the era. Here Patterson examines the Report and its consequences.
This book won a major prize, but I don't see why. It is a valentine that tells a lot of valuable information but wrapped in undeserved praise. Moynihan was neither original or insightful. He kicked up a predictable storm with his 1965 report, altered the course of the war on poverty in a bad way, and rode the contorversy to a long career. Patterson couldmhave been more critical and still liked him.
Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America's Struggle over Black Family Life--from LBJ to Obama download epub
Humanities
Author: James T. Patterson
ISBN: 0465013570
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
Pages: 288 pages