This book is a study of the institution of the poorhouse itself rather than one of individuals who lived there There were some short anectdotes of inmates and those Many of us grew up hearing our parents exclaim 'you are driving me to the poorhouse' or remember the card in the 'Monopoly' game which says 'Go to the Poorhouse Lose a Turn' Yet most Americans now little or nothing of this institution that existed under a variety of names for approximately three hundred years of American history Surprisingly these institutions variously named poorhouses poor farms somet.
Ho ran poorhouses but as I was hoping for detail on these people I wasn t as pleased with it as I could have been As this book was written 2005 I think I understand th. Imes almshouses or workhouses have received rather scant academic treatment as well though tens of millions of poor people were confined there while often their neighbors talked in hushed tones and in fear of their own fate at the 'specter of the poorhouse' Based on the author's study of six New England poorhousespoor farms a hidden story in America's history is presented which will be of popular interes.
At it would be fairly difficult to get even second hand accounts of life in a poorhouse so perhaps an older book would be what I was looking for It was just for schoo. T as well as useful as a text in social welfare and social history While the poorhouse's mission was character reform and 'repressing pauperism ' these goals were gradually undermined by poor people themselves who often learned to use the poorhouse for their own benefit as well as by staff and officials of the houses who had agendas sometimes at odds with the purposes for which the poorhouse was invented.