Moynihan Report (1965)

The Moynihan Report, also known as "The Negro Family: The Case For National Action," was a controversial government report written by Daniel Patrick Moynihan and released in 1965. The report argued that the disintegration of the Black American family was a central obstacle to the progress of the civil rights movement and that the high rates of out-of-wedlock births, absent fathers, and poverty among Black families were perpetuating a cycle of disadvantage. The report sparked intense debate and criticism for its emphasis on cultural factors and its perceived blame of Black American families for their problems, rather than addressing systemic issues such as racism and economic inequality. Despite the controversy, the Moynihan Report has continued to influence debates on race, poverty, and family structure in the United States.


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