Widows and Orphans First: The Family Economy and Social Welfare Policy, 1880-1939

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Widows and Orphans First investigates the importance of local economies and values in the origins of the welfare state through an exploration of widows' lives in three industrial American cities with widely differing economic, ethnic, and racial bases. In Fall River, Massachusetts, employment was regarded as the solution to widows' poverty, so public charitable expenditure was drastically limited. In Pittsburgh, where few jobs were available for women or children--and where jobs for men were in "widowmaking" industries ...

Widows and Orphans First: The Family Economy and Social Welfare Policy, 1880-1939 2005, University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign, IL

ISBN-13: 9780252030208

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