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Abandoned
Author: Julie Miller

ISBN: 9780814757253
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 17 March 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.2 x 2.5
Description:
From Moses to Harry Potter, the stories of abandoned children have always intrigued us, even when we lack humane responses to their situation. In this well-written and insightful book, Miller provides access to the experience of children in the past, as well as the complex world of public and private charities, municipal reformers, clergy, and physicians who interacted with them in nineteenth-century New York City --Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of "Kansas Charley: The Story of a 19th-Century Boy Murderer"In the nineteenth century, foundlings--children abandoned by their desperately poor, typically unmarried mothers, usually shortly after birth--were commonplace in European society. There were asylums in every major city to house abandoned babies, and writers made them the heroes of their fiction, most notably Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. In American cities before the Civil War the situation was different, with foundlings relegated to the poorhouse instead of institutions designed specifically for their care. By the eve of the Civil War, New York City in particular had an epidemic of foundlings on its hands due to the rapid and often interlinked phenomena of urban developmen...

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