Child Care in Black and White

Child Care in Black and White : Working Parents and the History of Orphanages

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This innovative study examines the development of institutional childcare from 1878 to 1929, based on a comparison of two "sister" orphanages in Pittsburgh: the all-white United Presbyterian Orphan's Home and the all-black Home for Colored Children. Drawing on quantitative analysis of the records of more than 1,500 children living at the two orphanages, as well as census data, city logs, and contemporary social science surveys, this study raises new questions about the role of childcare in constructing and perpetrating social inequality in the United States.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 162 x 230 x 32mm | 566.99g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 22 black & white photographs, 8 charts, 13 tables
  • 0252036905
  • 9780252036903

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"Ramey makes numerous contributions to our understanding of the role and operations of orphanages. This timely research informs debates about the limited public resources available to working parents for the well-being of their children, and Ramey repeatedly shows parents using the few instructions that did exist in ways that served their own purpose."--Journal of American History "Ramey's research contributes to greater understanding of working-class families in the early twentieth century and the flexibility and adaptability of child care institutions in response to the communities they serve."--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography "Child Care in Black and White, Jessie B. Ramey's study of two Pittsburgh orphanages, the United Presbyterian Orphan's Home UPOH and the Home for Colored Children HCC, during the years 1878-1929, is an extraordinary contribution to the history of US orphanages and child care institutions. . . . a valuable resource in advanced child and family policy courses in social work. Students will learn from its complexity, its attention to both micro and macro issues, and its unusually strong example of mixed-method, historical research."--Social Service Review "This book is an important contribution to the history of child welfare policy. Jessie B. Ramey's research illustrates the role racial segregation played in a northern industrialized city in child welfare policies for dependent children whose parents turned to orphanages for help."--Kriste Lindenmeyer, author of The Greatest Generation Grows Up: American Childhood in the 1930s "Child Care in Black and White is part of the University of Illinois Press's superb ``The Working Class in American History'' series, and it effectively ties orphanages into a broad array of historical literatures, including but not limited to working-class life, African American life, and arguments about both motherhood and women's work. . . . valuable to readers interested in families, children, poverty, labor, race, gender, and class in turn of the century America."--Journal of Family History "An important book that will appeal to all scholars interested in the histories of child welfare, the working class, or social welfare. Highly recommended."--Choice"Jessie B. Ramey demonstrates why she is both a first-rate historian and writer."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteshow more

About Jessie B. Ramey

Jessie B. Ramey is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in Women's Studies and History at the University of Pittsburgh.show more