Back to the Future

Back to the Future

FIGHTING POVERTY WITH VIRTUE: MORAL REFORM AND AMERICA’S URBAN POOR 1825-2000, by Joel Schwartz Indiana University Press, 2000 480 pp $39.95

CONSERVATIVES for some time now have been urging a return to virtue and morality as a key to resolving social ills. The latest voice in this chorus, which includes Gertrude Himmelfarb, Marvin Olasky, Lawrence Mead, Mickey Kaus, and Charles Murray, is Joel Schwartz, who brings us Fighting Poverty with Virtue.

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