Welfare Reform in the Early Republic A Brief History with Documents
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/23/2002
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
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|
|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, 1837ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½183|