WELFARE: Caught in the Dole

When Esther Clark first walked into the state welfare office at Tulsa back in 1942, there was no doubt that she was in real need of help. Her husband, John Clark, a junkyard laborer, was earning next to nothing, and they had six children to support. To tide the family over, the state began giving $90 a month to Esther Clark for the support of their three youngest children.

John Clark's emergency was not permanent. He got a new job at $75 a week, and promptly informed the state that he was earning enough...

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