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Title Tramps, Unfit Mothers, and Neglected Children : Negotiating the Family in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia
Published [Place of publication not identified] : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002
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Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Tramps, Fallen Women, and Neglected Children: Political Culture and the Urban Poor in the Late Nineteenth Century -- 2. Informing the "Cruelty": Laboring Communities and Reform Intervention -- 3. Dens of Inequities: Laboring Families and Reform Intervention -- 4. Illegitimate Mothers, Redemptive Maternity -- 5. Murderous Mothers and Mercenary Baby Farmers?
Summary In late Victorian America few issues held the public's attention more closely than the allegedly unnatural family life of the urban poor. InTramps, Unfit Mothers, and Neglected Children, Sherri Broder brings new insight to the powerful depictions of the urban poor that circulated in newspapers and novels, public debate and private correspondence, including the irresponsible tramp, the "fallen" single mother, and the neglected child. Broder considers how these representations contributed to debates over the nature of family life and focuses on the ways different historical actorssocial reformers, labor activists, and ordinary laboring peoplemade use of the available cultural narratives about family, gender, and sexuality to comprehend changes in turn-of-the-century America. In the decades after the Civil War, Philadelphia was an important center of charity, child protection, and labor reform. Drawing on the rich records of the Pennsylvania Society to Protect Children from Cruelty, Broder assesses the intentions and consequences of reform efforts devoted to women and children at the turn of the century. Her research provides an eloquent study of how the terms used by social workers and their clients to discuss the condition of poverty continue to have a profound influence on social policies and develops a complex historical perspective on how social policy and representations of poor families have been and remain mutually influential
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Child welfare -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Family social work -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Poor families -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Working class families -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0812201450
0812236548 (Trade Cloth)