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Battle for Bed-Stuy

The Long War on Poverty in New York City

[This book] will especially interest readers who want to understand the political economy of the war on poverty. Moreover, though Woodsworth’s book focuses on a single American neighborhood, it gives readers a look at the forces that led to failures, and successes, in combating poverty in many American cities during the post-war period. The book is very well written… Battle for Bed-Stuy is an excellent introduction to how the war on poverty played out in the largest ghetto in American’s largest city.—F. H. Smith, Choice

This original and well-written account of postwar community activism makes an excellent and provocative case that Bed-Stuy, long overshadowed by Harlem, is a key site for understanding postwar African American history.—Karen Ferguson, author of Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power, and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism

An impressive work that shows how local bureaucracies and energized political activists—in this case innovative African American residents and property owners—made the War on Poverty do what it was intended to do: reflect the interests of local people who knew Bed-Stuy was a community, not a so-called slum.—Kent B. Germany, University of South Carolina

In this engaging and powerful book, Michael Woodsworth recasts the War on Poverty as the fruit of a long community-based struggle against urban disinvestment and racism. By showing just how much of 1960s urban reform percolated up from the grassroots, Battle for Bed-Stuy offers fresh insight into the relationship between activism and policy and the promises and perils of place-based politics.—Mason B. Williams, author of City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York

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Like many conferences this year, the annual American Academy of Religion­/­Society of Biblical Literature conference will be virtual. HUP’s Editorial Director, Sharmila Sen, who normally attends the conference, decided to check in with some of the people she would have otherwise seen there in person.