Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother

Innocent Confessions of a Welfare Mother Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However when her marriage soured s

  • Title: Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother
  • Author: B. Morrison
  • ISBN: 9781934074657
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood, B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However, when her marriage soured, she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons, she was forced to accept the handGrowing up in a prosperous neighborhood, B Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility However, when her marriage soured, she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons, she was forced to accept the handout so disdained by her parents and their world welfare This dramatic memoir tells how one woman finds and grasps the lifeline that ultimately enables her to become independent B Morrison is the author of a poetry collection entitled Here at Least, and is currently working on a novel Visit her website and blog at bmorrison.

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    1. Although my politics are liberal and my attitude toward the disenfranchised is generally sympathetic, this memoir by Baltimore writer B. Morrison was a real eye-opener. I doubt I'm alone in my perception of a certain "type" of single Welfare mother - uneducated, unskilled and unsophisticated. Morrison's touching tale blew that perception to smithereens with details such as community vegetable gardens as a way of putting healthy food on the table, bananas as occasional "treats," and learning how [...]

    2. ‘Some changes are deliberate, only made after much weighing of pros and cons, while some are decided in an instant. Still others are the merest accident’As you can guess from the title of this memoir, this book is about a mother on welfare. The book’s author, Barbara Morrison was raised in a family that abhorred the idea of welfare, and looked down in disgust upon those whom collected it. Additionally, Morrison is not the stereotypical ideal of a welfare mom being college-educated, raised [...]

    3. As a highly educated woman who had to go on Welfare, when my second son was a baby and his dad left us, I identified strongly with the desperate and loving woman/mother narrating this memoir. Every difficulty, every self-doubt, every struggle with the petty and crucial hardships, the demeaning bureaucratic barriers, the middleclass onlookers' disgusting and would-be debilitating insults, and yet also those moments of sharing and winning some small step forward in real sisterhood with other strug [...]

    4. What a charming book. What a auspicious find. Barbara speaks of her life in Worcester, where she got involved in the dancing troupe. She speak of the same street Linnea and I walked, the same parks where we spent our time while in Worcester. She even went to Pinewoods, this dear dancing community I had to chance to visit, where Linnea worked as a cook. It was this community which supported her so much during hard times. What a treat to find it appear in a book.Her reflection on welfare put faces [...]

    5. A story by a local author with a mission to rectify the erroneous myth that parents who accept welfare are all ne're do-wells. Barbara Morrison writes thoughtfully exhibiting humor and self control as she remembers what her days were once like. I was so pleased to hear her speak and read from her memoir and books of poetry at the Roland Park Branch of Enoch Pratt. Take note: She is available to speak at local book clubs!

    6. "POVERTY IS NO SIN." by George HerbertBLURB:Growing up in a prosperous neighborhood, B. Morrison was taught that poverty was a product of laziness and public assistance programs only rewarded irresponsibility. However, when her marriage soured, she abruptly found herself an impoverished single mother. Disowned by her parents and facing destitution for herself and her two small sons, she was forced to accept the handout so disdained by her parents and their world: welfare. This dramatic memoir te [...]

    7. It’s so funny to read a story you didn’t know about people you do! Barbara writes beautifully and honestly about her years as a single mother of young children receiving welfare. Her depictions of the constant battles for basic needs and dignity are stark, but the women she met along the way are a fierce and varied group and she sings their strengths.

    8. For me, reading Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, by Barbara Morrison, was to encounter two different passions, almost equally strong. The first is expected: why does the bureaucracy in place to form a safety next instead make it so hard to treat people as individuals. My other emotion was guilt. Reading Morrison’s work is to reflect on the times I’ve looked smugly down from my societal place at those far below and wondered, in my secret heart of hearts, how some people could have a [...]

    9. Morrison does an excellent job in this book of connecting the reader to the hidden life of welfare mothers. I love how honest she is in her depiction of her upbringing and how she ended up being on welfare. (As an aside, although technically social workers need a degree in that field, there is no title protection for social workers--meaning that agencies can make positions with that name without the necessary underlying education.) Although the book is a look behind the system, I think that at i [...]

    10. This book made me angry. Barbara Morrison tells a story of living by other people's rules simply because she was on welfare. She endured the scorn of her parents, her neighbors, her landlord and total strangers in line at the grocery store who would make comments about the items in her shopping cart. Yet, she never gets angry herself. When she was nine months pregnant and the store manager refused to honor her welfare check for a baby crib, she finally stood up for her rights and made a scene. I [...]

    11. The memoir of a woman who survived on welfare and with the help of friends and strangers, managed to become independent. Being a single mom with two small children and no skills made finding a job which would pay for house, food, day care and health care impossible, so she did the best she could on welfare. A touching story that was definitely a good read!

    12. I can't even imagine how difficult it is to live and raise children on welfare. To me it would be the scariest way to live.I enjoyed this book, learned a lot and would recommend it.

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