Early food stamps

What the History of Food Stamps Reveals

In the early years of food stamps the goal wasn't necessarily to feed America's poor. The idea was to buttress the price of food after the decline in crop prices had created a crisis in rural America.
Medicaid work requirements

The Health Threats of Welfare Stigma

Researchers found that people with high levels of need were scared away from applying for Medicaid and welfare benefits by stigma.
Nixon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan

When “Welfare Reform” Meant Expanding Benefits

50 years ago, Republican politicians proposed, and sometimes won, welfare reform programs that were actually more comprehensive.
Clinton welfare reform

Why Welfare Reform Didn’t End Welfare Stigma

20 years after welfare reform, stigma surrounding cash benefits remains.
Single mother coloring with her daughter.

Single Parenting And Welfare

What does the research say about welfare encouraging single parenting, as conservative critics have long charged? 
U.S Deficit

Do Americans Like Government Spending? Depends How You Ask

Whether or not Americans approve of government spending depends strongly on how the issues are framed.
Slum

America: A Welfare Nation

We think of welfare as social security for the economically vulnerable. Maybe it's time we rightfully enlarge what we mean by the term.
Linda Taylor, 49, the so-called "welfare queen", was sentenced to serve two-to-six years in prison in Chicago, May 13, 1977. She is shown on her way to sentencing. Taylor was convicted March 17 of theft and perjury. Man escorting her is unidentified. (AP Photo)

Tracing the Specter of the ‘Welfare Queen’

The origins of the controversial phrase Welfare Queen.
Happy couple walking while guests throwing confetti on them during wedding ceremony. Horizontal shot.

Is Marriage a Solution to Poverty?

Is marriage a solution to poverty?

Debating Welfare Way Before George Will

The debate over welfare goes back surprisingly far.