Annelise Orleck, Storming Caesar’s Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty.
Think tanks and academics have produced countless studies that attempt to evaluate the usefulness of public policies aimed at curbing persistent poverty. In Storming Caesar’s Palace, Annelise Orleck, a leading women’s historian, illuminates that the real experts are the poor. In a gripping narrative, Orleck gives voice to poor women, who show that they know best about the kinds of government programs and policies they need to help them escape poverty and improve their lives. Articulating how their struggles to support their children are integrally linked to their need for health care, child care, and decent paychecks, these women advocated for policies that addressed their multidimensional needs. Anyone concerned with the heightened inequalities in our nation today should heed the call and listen.
Associate Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Greensboro