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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 ...
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With Us Always: A History of Private Charity and Public Welfare

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Overview

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.
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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: 9781461622215
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/2/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 276
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Part 2 Part I: Charity and Poor Relief in Early Modern Europe
Chapter 3 Poor Relief and Community in the Early Dutch Republic
Chapter 4 Religious Charity and Cultural Norms in Counter-Reformation France
Chapter 5 The Provision of Work as Assistance and Correction in France/ 1534-1848
Chapter 6 Good Government and Christian Charity in Early Modern Italy
Chapter 7 Private Charity and the 1834 Poor Law
Part 8 PArt II. United States Relief and Welfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Chapter 9 Orphanages vs. Adoption: The Triumph of Biological Kinship/ 1800-1933
Chapter 10 Claiming the Poor
Chapter 11 Herbert Hoover, Associationalism, and the Great Depression Relief Crisis of 1930-1933
Chapter 12 Neither Charity Nor Relief: The War on Poverty and the Effort to Redefine the Basis of Social Provision
Chapter 13 Implementing Family Planning Policy: Philanthropic Foundations and the Modern Welfare State
Chapter 14 "Reforming" Relief and Welfare: Thoughts on 1834 and 1996
Chapter 15 Index
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