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Almost worthy [electronic resource] : the poor, paupers, and the science of charity in America, 1877-1917 / Brent Ruswick.

Author/Creator:
Ruswick, Brent.
Publication:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2013.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (284 p.)
Series:
Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies
Philanthropic and nonprofit studies
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Subjects:
Poor -- Services for -- United States -- History.
Charities -- United States -- History.
Nature and nurture -- United States -- History.
Poverty -- United States -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In the 1880's, 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.
Contents:
Introduction: Big Moll and the science of scientific charity
"Armies of vice": evolution, heredity, and the pauper menace
Friendly visitors or scientific investigators? Befriending and measuring the poor
Opposition, depression, and the rejection of pauperism
"I see no terrible army": environmental reform and radicalism in the scientific charity movement
The potentially normal poor: professional social work, psychology, and the end of scientific charity.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-283-85151-2
0-253-00638-4
OCLC:
822889991