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Begging in America, 1850-1940: The Needy, the Frauds, the Charities and the Law Kerry Segrave

Begging in America, 1850-1940: The Needy, the Frauds, the Charities and the Law

Kerry Segrave

Published October 19th 2011
ISBN : 9780786465699
Paperback
202 pages
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The poverty that drives people to begging has been a pressing social issue in this country since its inception. This historical book explores begging and beggars in the period 1850 to 1940, with emphasis on how the police, the courts, the media andMoreThe poverty that drives people to begging has been a pressing social issue in this country since its inception. This historical book explores begging and beggars in the period 1850 to 1940, with emphasis on how the police, the courts, the media and private charity organizations dealt with the issue. Efforts to suppress mendicancy are explored, including legislation, police crackdowns, and public vouchers for meals and shelter. Of particular interest is the way in which media portrayals have guided public perception of mendicants.