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He Had No Home but the County Poor House: Family Incapacity, Charity Policy, Wage Labor, and the Shift to Custodial Care, 1870s–1900s

Sarah F. Rose

in No Right to Be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1840s-1930s

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469624891
eISBN:
9781469624914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624891.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 2 explores how the shift to an unpredictable, urban wage economy left many families unable to care for or make use of “idiotic” relatives who might be only partly productive. Complicating ... More


Discipline for the Unemployed; Laissez-Faire for Business (1873–1920)

Frank Stricker

in American Unemployment: Past, Present, and Future

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043154
eISBN:
9780252052033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043154.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

There was virtually no federal spending to counteract five major depressions or substantial unemployment in between. Unemployed people received almost no public or private assistance, and they were ... More


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