Date of Award

8-1-1978

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Professor Robert H. Vowels

Abstract

From 1935 to present governmental social programs have attained a monetary magnitude not likely to have been envisioned by those responsible for their inception.

This study traces the evolution of these social programs in an attempt to relate, as far as possible, the impact of these programs on the hopes and aspirations of black people. Since the proportion of blacks receiving governmental assistance is so large, an assessment of the financial and social gains or losses made by blacks should be indicative of the effect of these programs.

Employment and earnings, education, health and housing were the major focuses of this study.

Evidence was reviewed which indicates that the continuing dependency of blacks is a function of the magnitude of the social programs. The suggestion is that many of the social programs may be well-intentioned but are ill-conceived.

In view of recent legal and social trends the requirement for continuing research by blacks is mandatory. It is important to distinguish real information from misinformation.

A chronology of the program suggests that a more enlightened view must be taken by those responsible for such programs in the future.

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