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How Welfare Worked in the Early United States: Five Microhistories

Gabriel J. Loiacono

Abstract

What was American welfare like in George Washington’s day? It was expensive, extensive, and run by local governments. Known as “poor relief,” it included much of what we would now call welfare and social work. Unlike other aspects of government, poor relief remained the same, in structure, between the establishment of British colonies in the 1600s and the New Deal of the 1930s. How Welfare Worked in the Early United States: Five Microhistories tells the story of poor relief through the lives of five people: a long-serving overseer of the poor, a Continental Army veteran who was repeatedly bani ... More

Keywords: welfare, poor relief, pauper, poor law, poverty, early American republic, microhistory, social work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197515433
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197515433.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriel J. Loiacono, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh