The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Traces the role of a policy piece “The Negro Family” and how the way the media and politicians misconstrued them led to the criminalization and abandonment of the black nuclear family by the United States government.  

From The Atlantic article:

By his own lights, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ambassador, senator, sociologist, and itinerant American intellectual, was the product of a broken home and a pathological family. He was born in 1927 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but raised mostly in New York City. When Moynihan was 10 years old, his father, John, left the family, plunging it into poverty. Read More.