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Orphans, Beggars,and "Welfare Moms": The History of Poverty in the United States

The poor are always with us, but in the United States views of the poor have shifted over time. This course will examine who has been seen as worthy of aid and who has been seen as unworthy of help. It will examine what people living in poverty have done for themselves, how they have lived, and how they have responded to the efforts of others to save them. This course will also examine the changing roles of private charity and government welfare from the nations beginning to the present. Finally, we will pay close attention to the roles that race, ethnicity, gender, and age have played in shaping the options of, and limits on, people living in poverty.

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