With Us Always: A History of Private Charity & Public Welfare

With Us Always: A History of Private Charity & Public Welfare

by Donald T. Critchlow
     
 

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Although welfare reform is currently the government's top priority, most discussions about the public's responsibility to the poor neglect an informed historical perspective. This important book provides a crucial examination of past attempts, both in this country and abroad, to balance the efforts of private charity and public welfare. The prominent historians in… See more details below

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Although welfare reform is currently the government's top priority, most discussions about the public's responsibility to the poor neglect an informed historical perspective. This important book provides a crucial examination of past attempts, both in this country and abroad, to balance the efforts of private charity and public welfare. The prominent historians in this collection demonstrate how solutions to poverty are functions of culture, religion, and politics, and how social provisions for the poor have evolved across the centuries.

Author Biography: Donald T. Critchlow is editor of the "Journal of Policy History" and his books include "The Brookings Institution: Expertise and Influence in a Democratic Society, Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporation", and "Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government". Charles H. Parker is assistant professor of history at Saint Louis University and author of "The Reformation of Community: Social Welfare and Calvinist Charity in Holland".

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Explores the changing nature of religious charity, societal relief, and government welfare programs in early modern Europe and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. The relationships between religious motivation and private philanthropy, and the ideological battles over welfare are discussed in 11 essays which collectively stress the continuity in how European and American societies have approached the problem of the poor over the years. Arranged roughly chronologically, the essays look at such topics as workhouses in France; loans to poor artisans in Italy, the English 1834 Poor Law, and the programs of Herbert Hoover and Lyndon Johnson. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847689699
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/1998
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.82(d)

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