Books available
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 In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America
In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America
Michael B. Katz
Copyright 1986

Tenth Anniversary Edition
(Revised and Updated)
Copyright 1996

Basic Books
A Subsidiary of Perseus Books, L.L.C.
ISBN 0-465-03210-9

This book will be especially helpful to those wanting an excellent overview of the poorhouse as an institution and its place in the continuum of ways in which America has historically dealt with poverty.  (Part I : The Poorhouse Era; Part II: Building the Semiwelfare State; Part III: From the War on Poverty to The War on Welfare)
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 POVERTY AND POLICY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Michael B. Katz
Copyright 1983 by Academic Press, Inc.
ISBN 0-12-401762-2 (paperback)
(Note: currently out of print)

This book will be of great interest to anyone who wants to understand how myths about poverty were created, maintained and often deliberately manipulated by those who wished to influence public policy during the 1800's. (It could also serve as a cautionary tale for those concerned with similar issues in the 20th and 21st centuries!)

OTHER Books by Michael B. Katz

While these books do not directly deal with poorhouses --
they continue his exploration of the heritage left by them.

 Undeserving Poor
Undeserving Poor

 

The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State
The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State

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PROTECTING SOLDIERS AND MOTHERS
The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States

 067471766X:Product Link on Barnes & Noble.com.

Theda Skocpol
Copyright 1992 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College
First Harvard University Press paperback edition, 1995
ISBN 0-674-71766-X

This book very thoroughly examines the Civil War Pension Plan, exploring the politics behind it as well as its expansion over several decades. Of particular interest is the pension's role as America's first national system of public old-age and disability benefits.
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BOOKS ON SOCIAL/ECONOMIC ISSUES 
Related to Poverty 

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WORKED OVER:
The Corporate Sabotage of An American Community

Dimitra Doukas
Copyright 2003
Paperback: 224 pages 
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr; (April 2003)
ISBN: 0801488613
As a history major with little knowledge of legal and economic technicalities, I have long puzzled over how such devices as "trusts" allowed large corporations to greedily gobble up the fruits of the industrial revolution. Now I know! This book should be a "must read" for anyone who has difficulty believing that we have long had class warfare in America. Enron et al have had a long history of exploiting the labor of the people who work for them, as well as the interests of the public . This book tells the story of one of the first such successful corporate sabatoge efforts ... but, sadly, not the last! Very well documented AND very readable. (I could almost hear the theme from "Jaws" as I read.) Quite a scholarly feat!  PHL

Online books and articles

The Philadelphia Negro by W.E.B. DuBois

CHAPTER XIV. PAUPERISM AND ALCOHOLISM
http://www.runet.edu/~lridener/DSS/DuBois/pnchxiv.html 
(included poorhouse statistics)


Jacob Riis’ “How The Other Half Lives” — 1890 expose on NYC living conditions

CHAPTER XXI. PAUPERISM IN THE TENEMENTS
http://tenant.net/Community/Riis/chap21.html 

CHAPTER XXII. THE WRECKS AND THE WASTE
http://tenant.net/Community/Riis/chap22.html
(includes poorhouse descriptions)


 

Note: Books which consist of published records or abstracts of records (including various poorhouse records) of interest to genealogists have been listed separately. Just click the link.

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