The Road Not Taken in the War on Poverty: Recovering the Postwar Movement for a Full Employment Policy

After the Great Depression, industrialized democracies embraced fiscal, trade, and industrial policies that “guaranteed” a certain level of employment, often bracketed with training, education, and income maintenance programs for youth, elderly, and other vulnerable labor groups. This international movement came to the United States as well, beginning in earnest with the 1945-46 Murray-Wagner bill, the “last […]