Almost Worthy Almost Worthy

Almost Worthy Almost Worthy : The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America, 18the Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America, 1877-1917 77-1917

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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.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 288 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253006384
  • 9780253006387

About Brent Ruswick

Brent Ruswick is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Arkansas.show more