The Sympathetic State: Disaster Relief and the Origins of the American Welfare State
by Michele Landis Dauber
University of Chicago Press, 2012
Cloth: 978-0-226-92348-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-92349-9 | eISBN: 978-0-226-92350-5
Library of Congress Classification HV91.D348 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 361.650973
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“In difficult economic times, how can a nation mobilize support for the relief of poverty? Michele Dauber's The Sympathetic State illuminates this question in an original and powerful way. Studying Franklin Delano Roosevelt's political rhetoric and his use of the arts during the New Deal, Dauber shows that the construction of public sympathy is a complicated task, involving fact-based reasoning, but also involving the emotions and the imagination. Roosevelt was not just a canny social planner, he was also a genius of the heart. And that, Dauber's analysis implies, is what we sorely need today. This is an important, valuable, and amazing book.”