Too Legit to Quit

Gaining legitimacy through human rights organizing

Authored by: Jennifer R. Jewell

The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415673440
eBook ISBN: 9781315755519
Adobe ISBN: 9781317627401

10.4324/9781315755519.ch49

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Abstract

Over the last century, the United States has been rife with groups and individuals organizing to create change by confronting systems of oppression. At no time was this more prevalent than during the 1960s and 1970s. The political culture during this time provided a supportive backdrop for a movement toward democratic participation from engaged citizens. The outrage of the people in disenfranchised communities and the political culture of this time provided a window of opportunity for the development of a wide-based civil rights movement to combat the oppression faced by many diverse groups in the United States. One of these organized communities consisted of welfare rights activists.

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