Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages Hardcover – Apr 2 2012
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"An important book that will appeal to all scholars interested in the histories of child welfare, the working class, or social welfare. Highly recommended."--Choice
"Child Care in Black and White is part of the University of Illinois Press’s superb The Working Class in American History’’ series, and it effectively ties orphanages into a broad array of historical literatures, including but not limited to working-class life, African American life, and arguments about both motherhood and women’s work. . . . valuable to readers interested in families, children, poverty, labor, race, gender, and class in turn of the century America."--Journal of Family History
"Child Care in Black and White, Jessie B. Ramey’s study of two Pittsburgh orphanages, the United Presbyterian Orphan’s Home UPOH and the Home for Colored Children HCC, during the years 18781929, is an extraordinary contribution to the history of US orphanages and child care institutions. . . . a valuable resource in advanced child and family policy courses in social work. Students will learn from its complexity, its attention to both micro and macro issues, and its unusually strong example of mixed-method, historical research."--Social Service Review
About the Author
Jessie B. Ramey is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in Women's Studies and History at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Professor Ramey puts this darkened and obscure period of history into its proper light and provides us with a candid and eloquent testament of the day-to-day operations of these facilities. The book starts with the mystical history of the beginning of the United Presbyterian Orphan's Home in Pittsburgh and how it was transformed in the "Mars Home for Youth"(Now situated in Mars,Pa). Throughout, she gives fascinating and informative detail of how orphans were treated, the impact it had on their families, and the enivitable outcome it would have on their lives. A splendid work on an intriguing subject!
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