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Second Home: Orphan Asylums and Poor Families in America

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As orphan asylums ceased to exist in the late 20th century, interest in them dwindled as well. Yet, from the Civil War to the Great Depression, America's dependent children - children whose families were unable to care for them - received more aid from orphan asylums than from any other means. This omission in the growing literature on poverty in America is addressed in this book.;As Timothy Hacsi shows, most children in 19th-century orphan asylums were half-orphans, children with one living parent who was unable to provide for them. The asylums spread widely and endured because different groups - churches, ethnic communities, charitable organizations, fraternal societies, and local and state governments - could adapt them to their own purposes.;In the 1890s, critics began to argue that asylums were overcrowded and impersonal. By 1909, advocates called for aid to destitute mothers, and argued that asylums should be a last resort, for short-term care only. Yet orphanages continued to care for most dependent children until the depression strained asylum budgets and federally-funded home care became more widely available. Yet some, Catholic asylums in particular, cared for poor children into the 1950s and 1960s.;At a time when the American welfare state has failed to provide for all needy children, understanding America's history in this area could be an important step toward correcting that failure.

In good condition. Some shelf wear to dust jacket. Pages clean and bright throughout.

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Author(s):
Hacsi, Timothy A.
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0674796446
ISBN-13:
9780674796447
Number of pages:
297
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Title:
Second Home: Orphan Asylums and Poor Families in America

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As orphan asylums ceased to exist in the late 20th century, interest in them dwindled as well. Yet, from the Civil War to the Great Depression, America's dependent children - children whose families were unable to care for them - received more aid from orphan asylums than from any other means. This omission in the growing literature on poverty in America is addressed in this book.;As Timothy Hacsi shows, most children in 19th-century orphan asylums were half-orphans, children with one living parent who was unable to provide for them. The asylums spread widely and endured because different groups - churches, ethnic communities, charitable organizations, fraternal societies, and local and state governments - could adapt them to their own purposes.;In the 1890s, critics began to argue that asylums were overcrowded and impersonal. By 1909, advocates called for aid to destitute mothers, and argued that asylums should be a last resort, for short-term care only. Yet orphanages continued to care for most dependent children until the depression strained asylum budgets and federally-funded home care became more widely available. Yet some, Catholic asylums in particular, cared for poor children into the 1950s and 1960s.;At a time when the American welfare state has failed to provide for all needy children, understanding America's history in this area could be an important step toward correcting that failure.

In good condition. Some shelf wear to dust jacket. Pages clean and bright throughout.

Author(s):
Hacsi, Timothy A.
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0674796446
ISBN-13:
9780674796447
Number of pages:
297
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Title:
Second Home: Orphan Asylums and Poor Families in America

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