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Abandoned : foundlings in nineteenth-century New York City

Author: Julie Miller
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Abandoned, Julie Miller offers a fascinating, frustrating, and often heartbreaking history of a once devastating problem that wracked New York City. Filled with anecdotes and personal stories, Miller traces the shift in attitudes toward foundlings from ignorance, apathy, and sometimes pity to recognition of their plight as a sign of urban moral decline in need of systematic intervention."--Back cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Miller
ISBN: 9780814757253 0814757251 9780814757260 081475726X
OCLC Number: 176648931
Description: xiii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Children of accident and mystery : foundlings in history and memory --
New York as a nursing mother : foundlings in the antebellum city --
The murder of the innocents : New York discovers its foundlings --
The basket at the door : the foundling asylums open --
Out-Heroding Herod : the foundlings and the revolutionary --
The end of the foundling asylums --
Conclusion : the foundling disappears--almost.
Responsibility: Julie Miller.
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