The Charleston Orphan House

The Charleston Orphan House

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qIn The Charleston Orphan House, distinguished economic historian John E. Murray uncovers a world about which previous generations of scholars knew next to nothing: the world of orphaned children in early national and antebellum America. Employing a unique cache of records, Murray offers a sensitive and sympathetic account of the history of the institution - the first public orphan house in the US - while at the same time making it clear that Charleston's beneficence toward white orphans was inextricably linked to the racial ideology of the city's leaders. In Murray's hands, the voices of poor white families in early America are heard as never before.q -- Peter A Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. -- Book jacket.The first use of the term a€adoptiona€ occurred in 18 16 when Mrs. M. L. Horlbeck wrote that she was a€desirous of adopting as her ... Thus, not only would the girls learn a trade, but, assured by two reference letters from Mrs. Mimmsa#39;s neighbors, anbsp;...

Title:The Charleston Orphan House
Author:John E. Murray
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2013-01-03


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