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Sin, Organized Charity and the Poor Law in Victorian England

By R. Humphreys

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Format: Paperback, 226 pages, 1995 Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 1995
Politicians, social administrators, economists, biographers and historians have shared the belief that the Charity Organisation Society effectively rationalised relief to the Victorian poor and illustrated the advantages of caring voluntarism over impersonal state handouts. It is now clear that in provincial England these impressions were illusory. The alleged sinful profligacy of other charitable bodies was persistently condemned by the Charity Organisation Society for fostering latant sin amongst the poor. By exposing how they failed in practice to satisfy their own prescriptions for appropriate poor relief this volume asks whether the Charity Organisation Society were themselves morally equipped to castigate others about sin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - Abbreviations - Introduction - The Poor Law Crusade against Outdoor Relief - The Provincial Crusade: Results and Reactions - Victorian Ideology, Early Attempts to Organise Charity, and the Beginnings of the Charity Organisation Society - The Emergence of Provincial Charity Organisation Societies and Responses, 1870-1890 - The Activities of Provincial Charity Organisation Societies, 1870-1890 - Ideological Change in Late Victorian Britain: The Response of the Provincial Charity Organisation Societies and Local Government Board - Appendix A - Bibliography - Index

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EAN: 9781349394340
ISBN: 1349394343
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 1.4 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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