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Down and Out in Early America

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Publisher Comments:

It has often been said that early America was the "best poor man's country in the world." After all, wasn't there an abundance of land and a scarcity of laborers? The law of supply and demand would seem to dictate that most early American working people enjoyed high wages and a decent material standard of living."

Synopsis:

Presents evidence that many early Americans lived in poverty and endured financial insecurity.

About the Author

Billy G. Smith is Professor of History at Montana State University. He has edited two Penn State Press books: The Infortunate: The Voyages and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant (with Susan Klepp; 1992) and Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods (1995).

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: "The Best Poor Man's Country?"

Billy G. Smith

1. Poverty and Politics in Early American History

Gary B. Nash

Part I:: Lives of the Poor

2. Dead Bodies: Poverty and Death in Early National Philadelphia

Simon Newman

3. Malthusian Miseries and the Working Poor in Philadelphia, 1780–1830: Gender and Infant Mortality

Susan E. Klepp

4. Slaves and Poverty

Philip D. Morgan

Part II: Poor Relief

5. "Who Died an Expence to This Town": Poor Relief in Eighteenth-Century Rhode Island

Ruth Wallis Herndon

6. Gender and the Political Economy of Poor Relief in Colonial Philadelphia

Karin Wulf

7. Poor Relief "Without Violating the Rights of Humanity": Almshouse Administration in the Philadelphia Region, 1790–1860

Monique Bourque

8. Bound by Charity: The Abandoned Children of Late Eighteenth-Century Charleston

John E. Murray

Part III: Politics, Religion, and the Creation of Poverty

9. Poverty and Politics in the Hudson River Valley

Thomas Humphrey

10. "God Helps Those Who Help Themselves": Religious Explanations of Poverty in Colonial Massachusetts, 1630–1776

J. Richard Olivas

11. The Delaware Indians and Poverty in Colonial New Jersey

Jean R. Soderlund

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271023175
Editor:
Smith, Billy G.
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Editor:
Smith, Billy G.
Author:
Smith, Billy G.
Location:
University Park, Pa.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Economic assistance, domestic
Subject:
Charities
Subject:
Marginality, Social
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Poor -- United States -- History.
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Down and Out in Early America
Subject:
Billy G. Smith
Subject:
0-271-02316-3
Subject:
0-271-02317-1
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Gary B. Nash
Subject:
Philip D. Morgan
Subject:
Jean R. Soderlung
Subject:
Monique Borque
Subject:
Ruth Wallis herndon
Subject:
Tom Humphrey
Subject:
Susan E. Klepp
Subject:
John E. Murray
Subject:
Simon Newman
Subject:
J. Richard Olivas
Subject:
Karin Wulf
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
108-13
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 x 1 in 1.25 oz

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