The Elements of Social Disorder; A Plea for the Working Classes in the United States

The Elements of Social Disorder; A Plea for the Working Classes in the United States

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...become errand boys, some do one thing, and some another. But a large proportion, left ' to themselves, to their degrading employments ancT more degrading associations, without a friendly hand toguide or succour them, or a friendly voice to warn them, become the votaries of vice and iniquity, and end their career at best in the Alms House, and many of them--very many--in prisons or on scaffolds! Could all these have had a good and virtuous education--could they have been trained in euch a manner as to fit them tomingle in the busy world of honest and honorable life, and have had their minds fortified by means of good moral precept and example, what a different fate would have awaited them. It is of no use to resort to the usual subterfuge of human depravity, and the carelessness and improvidence of the laboring poor, to cover up this alarming evil, or to cast off the blame from the shoulders where it really belongs. The poor are no more naturally depraved than others. They are no more careless and improvident, naturally, according to their means. From necessity, their minds are generally less cultivated, and their ignorance, and their limited means, prevent them from conferring on their children the advantages which would save them from ruin. Prom the labors of the poor are derived the funds which are distributed all over the face of the earth for Missionary purposes. From their labors proceed the funds which build and support Alms Houses, Houses of Refuge, Orphan Asylums, Bridewells, Prisons, Courts of Justice, Lawyers, and Police Officers. These sums, in the aggregate, are enormous, and if but one half of them was employed to meliorate the condition of that same class from whose labors they are derived, and to educate their children, a great...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656318
  • 9781236656315