Almost Worthy

Almost Worthy

The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America, 1877-1917

eBook - 2013
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In the 1880s, social reform leaders warned that the ""unworthy"" poor were taking charitable relief intended for the truly deserving. Armed with statistics and confused notions of evolution, these ""scientific charity"" reformers founded organizations intent on limiting access to relief by the most morally, biologically, and economically unfit. Brent Ruswick examines a prominent national organization for scientific social reform and poor relief in Indianapolis in order to understand how these new theories of poverty gave birth to new programs to assist the poor.
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780253006387
0253006384
1283851512
9781283851510
9780253006349
0253006341
Characteristics: 1 online resource (278 pages) : illustrations

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