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by Ruth Wallis Herndon

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Ruth Wallis Herndon
ISBN: 0812217659
ISBN13: 978-0812217650
Language: English
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (January 3, 2001)
Pages: 264
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Unwelcome Americans Living on the Margin in Early New England.

Unwelcome Americans Living on the Margin in Early New England. A compelling and important book. Ultimately the warning-out system gave way to the establishment of general poorhouses and other charities.

Unwelcome Americans puts a human face on poverty in early America by recovering the stories of forty New Englanders who were forced to leave various communities in Rhode Island. Rhode Island towns kept better and more complete warning-out records than other areas in New England, and because the official records include those who had migrated to Rhode Island from other places, these documents can be relied upon to describe the experiences of poor people across the region.

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Home Browse Books Book details, Unwelcome Americans: Living on the Margin i. .Unwelcome Americans: Living on the Margin in Early New England. By Ruth Wallis Herndon. Unwelcome Americans puts a human face on poverty in early America by recovering the stories of forty New Englanders who were forced to leave various communities in Rhode Island.

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Part of the Early American Studies Series). Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title In eighteenth-century America, no centralized system of welfare existed to assist people who found themselves without food, medical care, or shelter. By the end of the century, state and national taxes levied to help pay for the Revolutionary War further strained municipal budgets.

Series: Early American Studies. Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Although women and children have been part of the landscape of poverty since America's early history (see Herndon, 2001), they have always been hidden from the chaotic streets – and from public view – in various ways (see Broder, 2002), not least because they have always been positioned differently (from men) in relation to the state bureaucracy and welfare systems. in general (Gowan, 2002).

Unwelcome Americans: Living on the Margin in Early New England (Early American Studies). The essays in Children Bound to Labor should be read by all social historians for their new findings about childhood, poverty, and work in early America. This important and unique collection offers transnational and cross-regional insights into parent-child, family-state, and master-servant relationships in North America from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. ―Christopher Clark, University of Connecticut, author of Social Change in America.

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

In eighteenth-century America, no centralized system of welfare existed to assist people who found themselves without food, medical care, or shelter. Any poor relief available was provided through local taxes, and these funds were quickly exhausted. By the end of the century, state and national taxes levied to help pay for the Revolutionary War further strained municipal budgets. In order to control homelessness, vagrancy, and poverty, New England towns relied heavily on the "warning out" system inherited from English law. This was a process in which community leaders determined the legitimate hometown of unwanted persons or families in order to force them to leave, ostensibly to return to where they could receive care. The warning-out system alleviated the expense and responsibility for the general welfare of the poor in any community, and placed the burden on each town to look after its own.

But homelessness and poverty were problems as onerous in early America as they are today, and the system of warning out did little to address the fundamental causes of social disorder. Ultimately the warning-out system gave way to the establishment of general poorhouses and other charities. But the documents that recorded details about the lives of those who were warned out provide an extraordinary—and until now forgotten—history of people on the margin.

Unwelcome Americans puts a human face on poverty in early America by recovering the stories of forty New Englanders who were forced to leave various communities in Rhode Island. Rhode Island towns kept better and more complete warning-out records than other areas in New England, and because the official records include those who had migrated to Rhode Island from other places, these documents can be relied upon to describe the experiences of poor people across the region.

The stories are organized from birth to death, beginning with the lives of poor children and young adults, followed by families and single adults, and ending with the testimonies of the elderly and dying. Through meticulous research of historical records, Herndon has managed to recover voices that have not been heard for more than two hundred years, in the process painting a dramatically different picture of family and community life in early New England. These life stories tell us that those who were warned out were predominantly unmarried women with or without children, Native Americans, African Americans, and destitute families. Through this remarkable reconstruction, Herndon provides a corrective to the narratives of the privileged that have dominated the conversation in this crucial period of American history, and the lives she chronicles give greater depth and a richer dimension to our understanding of the growth of American social responsibility.

Comments to eBook Unwelcome Americans: Living on the Margin in Early New England (Early American Studies)
Cala
Interesting scholarly but very readable. It is fascinating to see the way society handled their needy in the past. The specific stories are what I enjoyed the most.
Ces
I struggle between three and four stars. I was disappointed with this book. A critically important area of study and there is a lot of information in here but good luck with the strange organization and bizarre indexing.
huckman
This book is really informative, it presents cases from wonderful unpublished and untapped sources, like the Providence Council Papers, different town clerks' papers, etc.
For genealogy in Rhode Island, MASS and CT, this is one great book to have. The author presented all the challenges on these families very well. It really is well done, wish she'd come out with another one. The service getting this book was fast.
Vichredag
Dr. Herndon has produced a magnificent collection of narratives that have been derived from a variety of primary source documents. Her book is a must for any serious student of colonial history, and would be quite useful for someone doing genealogical research.
The author has done a commendable job of balancing research and art; unlike many books from this genre, the book is both academically challenging and eminently readable.
Dr. Herndon has given life to voices who would have otherwise remained silent for eternity. The individuals and families in the narratives had a story to tell, and the author has provided a magnificent vehicle for these compelling micro-histories.
JoldGold
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