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Welfare Queens

By iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks

Ronald Reagan made "welfare queens" a household epithet during his unsuccessful 1976 presidential campaign. Considering the 20th anniversary of so-called welfare reform, Cristen and Caroline examine the deeper origins and implications of the racist, classist welfare queen stereotype as well as the surprising history of how welfare was originally for white ladies.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit

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