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In a Chats in the Stacks book talk, Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, associate professor in the Department of History at Cornell, presents her book, Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America (Princeton University Press, 2017). Kohler-Hausmann discusses how politics and policies during the 1970s led to the unprecedented expansion of the U.S. penal system and reductions in welfare programs throughout the late twentieth century.

Getting Tough was named one of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017, and received Honorable Mention for the 2018 Frederick Jackson Turner Award by the Organization of American Historians.