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Tell It Like It Is
Women in the National Welfare Rights Movement

Mary E. Triece

A compelling study of how a marginalized group formed a national movement for social justice

In Tell It Like It Is, Mary E. Triece brings to light a lesser known yet influential social movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s—the welfare rights movement, led and run largely by poor black mothers in the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). Her study combines theory and critical analysis to explore rhetorical strategies and direct actions women employed as they argued for fair welfare legislation in both formal policy debates and in the streets. Triece focuses on how welfare recipients spoke for themselves in forums often marked by widely held stereotypes.

Tell It Like It Is presents an interdisciplinary study touching on communication, rhetoric, politics, feminist theory, and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. It also engages in ongoing scholarly debate regarding language, knowledge, reality, and the potential for social change. Triece contributes to each of these disciplines as she explores how a marginalized and beleaguered people managed to mobilize a nationwide movement.

Mary E. Triece is a professor in the School of Communication at the University of Akron. She is the author of Protest and Popular Culture: Women in the U.S. Labor Movement, 1894–1917 and On the Picket Line: Strategies of Working-Class Women during the Depression, winner of the Bonnie Ritter Book Award. Triece has also published in Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Communication Studies, Women's Studies in Communication, and the Western Journal of Communication.

"Because Triece has a gift for making complex theoretical debates accessible and
because she imbues abstract notions with practical meaning, her book would work
well in undergraduate as well as graduate seminars. Moreover, Tell It Like It Is should
hold a place of honor on the bookshelves of all of us committed to using our theoretical
knowledge to better understand and to amplify the voices of those previously
silenced by injustice."—Southern Communication Journal

"Tell It Like It Is, is a multidisciplinary study touching on fields of communication, rhetoric, politics and the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality…that adds to our understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of our lives. This book…fills in those large gaps in our knowledge about how even very poor, stigmatized, marginalized, and beleaguered people often do 'talk back' (bell hooks) and dissent from the complacent status quo to 'set society straight.'"—Laura Woliver, professor of political science, joint appointment in Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina, and author of From Outrage to Action: The Politics of Grass-Roots Dissent and The Political Geographies of Pregnancy




6 x 9
176 pages
6 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-61117-153-2
hardcover, $54.95s

ISBN 978-1-61117-154-9
paperback, $24.95s

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