Welfare Reform in the Early Republic A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312398212

ISBN-13: 9780312398217

Edition: 2003

Authors: Seth Rockman

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In the decades following the American Revolution, elected officials, moral crusaders, and relief administrators scrutinized the public welfare programs that assisted thousands of impoverished people. Seth Rockman uses documents ranging from sermons to almshouse admission rolls to show how reformers investigated the causes of poverty and pursued solutions that ranged from massive institutionalization of the poor to the total abolition of public charity — issues that are remarkably similar to the welfare debates of today. Also included are headnotes to the documents, questions for consideration, an annotated chronology, suggestions for further reading, and an index.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 187
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Seth Rockman is an assistant professor of history at Brown University and author of Welfare Reform in the Early Republic.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Poverty "in a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey"
Poor Relief in Early America
The Growing Problem of Poverty and Its Victims
Religious Reform and Moral Benevolence
Public Responsibility for the Poor
Structural Solutions for Poverty
The Legacy of Welfare Reform
A Note about the Text
The Documents
Elite Perceptions of Poverty as a Moral and Social Crisis
The Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Public Economy, 1817
The New York Society for the Prevention of Pauperism, 1818
On Doing Good to the Poor, 1818
Of Intellectually and Morally Neglected Children, c. 1828
Private Benevolence and Moral Cures for Poverty
The Friendly Society of St. Thomas's African Church, 1797
The Providence Female Society for the Relief of Indigent Women and Children, 1801
The Female Humane Association Charity School, 1803
Ezra Stiles Ely, Preacher to the Poor in New York, 1811
The Boston Society for the Moral and Religious Instruction of the Poor, 1819
Subjects of the New York House of Refuge, 1825-1830
Letter to Graduates of the House of Refuge, 1829
Subjects of the New York Colored Orphan Asylum, 1837���183
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