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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Challenge of the Depression
Chapter 2. A New Deal for the Homeless
Chapter 3. Skid Row in an Era of Plenty
Chapter 4. Urban Renewal and the Challenge of Homelessness
Chapter 5. Operation Bowery and Social Scientific Inquiry
Chapter 6. The End of the Skid-Row Era
Conclusion. Whither the Homeless


About the Author

Ella Howard teaches urban history and material culture at Armstrong Atlantic State University.


"Howard seamlessly weaves larger issues of urban renewal, housing, alcohol research, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, and gentrification into her history of the Bowery, which serves as a touchstone to which she returns. The result is a history of American policy on homelessness at the federal, state, and municipal levels that remains grounded in the lived experience of homeless men and women in the middle decades of the twentieth century."-Eric Schneider, author of Smack: Heroin and the American City

"Through thorough research, sound use of secondary sources, and a shrewd focus on America's first and largest skid row, the Bowery, Howard has produced a book that will be essential reading for scholars of homelessness and social welfare."-Todd DePastino, author of Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America

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