The Nation: What It's Like: Four Cases

MRS. GINGER MACK, black, in her late 30s, was left with seven children and went on welfare when her husband abandoned her. Born in Alabama, she had hopes of attending college when she came North; now she lives in a clean, sparsely furnished prefab apartment not far from Chicago's lakefront, and she is an expert on the welfare family's budget. She says:

"I get $347 a month for everything. I get three AFDC checks, two for $125 and the other for the rest. First thing I buy is food stamps. When the next check...

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