History of Poor Relief Legislation in Pennsylvania, 1682-1913

History of Poor Relief Legislation in Pennsylvania, 1682-1913

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...System with the township as the unit except Philadelphia and its suburbs. As late as 1832(1) and 1842(2) we find general enactments in statutes relating to overseers of the poor and their duties. Special acts relating to the interests of a township or townships appear as late as 1869 and 1873.(3) The District System has two strong arguments in its favor. First, the citizens of the district are usually personally acquainted with all cases of pauperism therein and consequently the possibility of fraud is reduced to a minimum. Second, the tax-ables in the smaller area do not forget so readily that the growth of pauperism affects them adversely and, therefore, public opinion acts more quickly and positively in urging paupers to rise above the poverty line, or else compels their relatives and friends to assume their support.(1) The Poor Law Commission of 1890 concedes these arguments, but follows them with the declaration that there is more maladministration in the township than in the county system.(2) 1. P. L., 1832, p. 354. 2. P. L., 1842, p. 47. 3. P. L., 1869, p. 392. 1873, p. 76 and 615. 1876, p. 215. The district system embraces the townships and all other districts whose area is less in extent than a county. In some of the counties of the upper Susquehanna Valley poor relief is administered under the township system of the preceding century while in others, as for instance, Lackawanna, Luz-erneand Carbon, there is a grouping of townships, boroughs and cities into several large districts for administering relief, each of which embraces a certain number of townships and boroughs, and in some instances, cities also. Local pride and prejudice, undoubtedly, wielded a powerful influence in the formation of these districts, but the fact that they em...show more

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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236672720
  • 9781236672728