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The Resource The Queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth, Josh Levin

The Queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth, Josh Levin

Label
The Queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth
Title
The Queen
Title remainder
the forgotten life behind an American myth
Statement of responsibility
Josh Levin
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"On the South Side of Chicago in 1974, Linda Taylor reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a welfare cheat who drove a Cadillac to collect ill-gotten government checks. And that was just the beginning: Taylor, it turned out, was also a kidnapper, and possibly a murderer. A desperately ill teacher, a combat-traumatized Marine, an elderly woman hungry for companionship--after Taylor came into their lives, all three ended up dead under suspicious circumstances. But nobody--not the journalists who touted her story, not the police, and not presidential candidate Ronald Reagan--seemed to care about anything but her welfare thievery. Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Taylor was made an outcast because of the color of her skin. As she rose to infamy, the press and politicians manipulated her image to demonize poor black women. Part social history, part true-crime investigation, Josh Levin's mesmerizing book, the product of six years of reporting and research, is a fascinating account of American racism, and an expose of the 'welfare queen' myth, one that fueled political debates that reverberate to this day. [This book] tells, for the first time, the fascinating story of what was done to Linda Taylor, what she did to others, and what was done in her name."--
Summary
On the South Side of Chicago in 1974, Linda Taylor reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a welfare cheat who drove a Cadillac to collect ill-gotten government checks. And that was just the beginning: Taylor, it turned out, was also a kidnapper, and possibly a murderer. But nobody--not the journalists who touted her story, not the police, and not presidential candidate Ronald Reagan--seemed to care about anything but her welfare thievery
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Writing style
Award
National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, 2019.
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10776006
Cataloging source
YDX
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Levin, Josh
Dewey number
  • 364.16/3092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6692.T39
LC item number
L48 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Taylor, Linda
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Welfare fraud
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the forgotten life behind an American myth
Label
The Queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth, Josh Levin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-354) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1051136817
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 418 pages
Isbn
9780316513302
Lccn
2019934174
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1051136817
Label
The Queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth, Josh Levin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-354) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1051136817
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 418 pages
Isbn
9780316513302
Lccn
2019934174
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1051136817

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