The Moynihan Report Revisited:: Lessons And Reflections After Four Decades (The Annals Of The American Academy Of Political And Social Science Series)
Publish Date: 2009-02-09
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As assistant secretary in the United States Department of Labor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote his report The Negro Family: The Case for National Action in 1965 as an internal document within the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. It described alarming trends in black employment, poverty, and education and argued that they were exacerbated by black family instability. While Moynihan called for a jobs program to employ black men and stabilize families, the report was attacked as an attempt to blame blacks rather than the injustices in American society and widely vilified as sexist and racist in liberal circles.
Now more than 40 years later, this issue of The ANNALS reviews this controversial yet prophetic report through a new lens, bringing together some of the countrys foremost social scientists to consider how its arguments and predictions have fared in subsequent years and how the controversy surrounding it influenced social science in the late 20th century.