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The poorhouses of Massachusetts : a cultural and architectural history

Author: Heli Meltsner
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Publishers, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This volume details the rise and decline of poorhouses in Massachusetts, painting a portrait of life inside these institutions and revealing a history of political and social turmoil over issues that still dominate the conversation about welfare recipients today. This work also provides photographs and histories of dozens of former poorhouses across the state, some still stand"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Local history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heli Meltsner
ISBN: 9780786466443 0786466448
OCLC Number: 770876341
Description: xii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The English Heritage and Early Massachusetts Welfare --
Poorhouse, Workhouse and Almshouse : 1660-1821 --
The Town Farm Initiative and the Town-State Dance : 1822-1862 --
The Town Farm Organization and Experience --
From Almshouse to Infirmary : 1863-the Present --
The Architecture of Municipal Building for Paupers --
Tramps and Tramp Houses --
The Surviving Almshouses, Infirmaries and Tramp Houses Erected by Cities and Towns --
Appendix A: Surviving Almshouses, Infirmaries and Tramp Houses in Massachusetts --
Appendix B: Massachusetts Almshouses Before 1920 --
Appendix C: Number of Almshouses by Year --
Appendix D: Place Names Commemorating Almshouses, Town Farms and Poorhouses.
Responsibility: Heli Meltsner.

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"This volume details the rise and decline of poorhouses in Massachusetts, painting a portrait of life inside these institutions and revealing a history of political and social turmoil over issues that still dominate the conversation about welfare recipients today. This work also provides photographs and histories of dozens of former poorhouses across the state, some still stand"--Provided by publisher.

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