The Original 'Welfare Queen' : Code Switch It's a pernicious stereotype, but it was coined in reference to a real woman named Linda Taylor. But her misdeeds were far more numerous and darker than welfare fraud. This week: how politicians used one outlier's story to turn the public against government programs for the poor.
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The Original 'Welfare Queen'

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The Original 'Welfare Queen'

The Original 'Welfare Queen'

The Original 'Welfare Queen'

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It's a pernicious stereotype, but it was coined in reference to a real woman named Linda Taylor. But her misdeeds were far more numerous and darker than welfare fraud. This week: how politicians used one outlier's story to turn the public against government programs for the poor.

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Linda Taylor in 1944

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