Where is My Government?
By: Teachers College
Published: 2007
Uploaded: 06/19/2017
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: Documents, Teaching The Levees Curriculum Project
Tags: citizenship, curriculum, democracy, hurricane, Katrina, Levees, NOLA

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Description/Abstract: In the 20th century, the role of the U.S. government in providing safety nets for its citizens increased dramatically, with the introduction of Social Security, welfare, Medicare, and other programs. The role of government responsibility in caring for citizens in the wake of natural disasters has increased substantially from a time when it was considered primarily the task of private relief agencies. To what extent is the government obligated to provide immediate and comprehensive relief in these situations? Do government programs place too much reliance on individual preparedness? Or, conversely, do citizens expect too much of their government in times of crisis?