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"Anyone who is interested in the history of the welfare state would do well to read it."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Richly detailed, well grounded in existing historiography, yet fully willing to challenge existing notions. . . . An excellent monograph with applications in a wide variety of national and transnational historical fields, as well as in the study of the history of childhood."--H-Childhood
"An engaging story of the civic associations that women of privilege created and the ways in which women negotiated between their own expectations, public demands, and state interference."--H-France Review
"An absorbing and informative account of the largest and most important women's charity of its time."--French History
"The level of scholarship in the work is most impressive. Adams engages consistently with the historiography in such areas as maternalism, female philanthropy, and the history of the emotions, and she has amassed a substantial body of evidence by trawling through the comptes rendus of the various societies she has studied."--Enterprise & Society.
"Poverty, Charity, and Motherhood enables a fuller understanding of women's participatory activities in building civil society and provides a critical building block in our knowledge about the development of the welfare state. This book is essential for understanding the role of women's organizations and public policy.”--Rachel G. Fuchs, author of Contested Paternity: Creating Families in Modern France