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The Resource The fundamental institution : poverty, social welfare, and agriculture in American poor farms, Megan Birk

The fundamental institution : poverty, social welfare, and agriculture in American poor farms, Megan Birk

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The fundamental institution : poverty, social welfare, and agriculture in American poor farms
Title
The fundamental institution
Title remainder
poverty, social welfare, and agriculture in American poor farms
Statement of responsibility
Megan Birk
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"By the early 1900s, the poor farm had become a ubiquitous part of America's social welfare system. Megan Birk's history of this foundational but forgotten institution focuses on the connection between agriculture, provisions for the disadvantaged, and the daily realities of life at poor farms. Conceived as an inexpensive way to provide care for the indigent, poor farms in fact attracted wards that ranged from abused wives and the elderly to orphans, the disabled, and disaster victims. Most people arrived unable rather than unwilling to work, some because of physical problems, others due to a lack of skills or because a changing labor market had left them behind. Birk blends the personal stories of participants with institutional histories to reveal a loose-knit system that provided a measure of care to everyone without an overarching philosophy of reform or rehabilitation. In-depth and innovative, The Fundamental Institution offers an overdue portrait of rural social welfare in the United States"--
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1979-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Birk, Megan
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Almshouses
  • Rural poor
  • Rural poor
  • Agriculture
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services
  • Agriculture
  • Almshouses
  • Rural conditions
  • Rural poor
  • Rural poor
  • Social conditions
  • United States
Label
The fundamental institution : poverty, social welfare, and agriculture in American poor farms, Megan Birk
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The founding of community institutions -- Populations and conditions -- Farming for the county -- Poor farm women -- The poor farm and mental health care -- Old age and poor farm residency -- Poor farms and health care -- Crisis and transition
Control code
1266358067
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 288 pages
Isbn
9780252086458
Lccn
2021046459
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1266358067
Label
The fundamental institution : poverty, social welfare, and agriculture in American poor farms, Megan Birk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The founding of community institutions -- Populations and conditions -- Farming for the county -- Poor farm women -- The poor farm and mental health care -- Old age and poor farm residency -- Poor farms and health care -- Crisis and transition
Control code
1266358067
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 288 pages
Isbn
9780252086458
Lccn
2021046459
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1266358067

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