When learning about poor relief in the Early Americans I am very surprised in just how many options they had for they poor and at their disposal. Now we have just learned about private charities, which opened up a whole new door I ways to help the needy. However, out of all the many ways in which the poor was being help, there were some that stood out to me more then others. When reading about outdoor and indoor, I found this to be the most helpful towards the poor. The reason being was that the needy were placed in one of the categories based on the relief that they needed. With outdoor, it consisted of more direct aid in forms of clothing, cash, fuel and food. As apposed to indoor, consisting of recipients to move into a regulated facility. The same ideas went for private and public relief, private being from individuals and public relief from the state. This did not restrict the needy to one single way of being helped like those in the past, it gave more options and relief could be used more efficently. For example, when an elderly person grew too old to take care of him or herself, they would be sent to indoor relief because that fit their specific needs. During this time there were also aids that I didn’t deem completely necessary. One of they ways in which they tried to minimize the poor in towns was to warn out those who would cost too much to care for. I don’t entirely agree with this method because while they were trying to better their towns, they were doing the opposite of poor relief. Instead they were turning their backs on the ones who needed the relief the most. Then the duty to take care of them would just have to fall on some other town. I think they should have found a way to reintegrate these people back into society.
Friday, November 14, 2014
There are many ways in which a community can pass judgment and restricts its members. Judgment and exclusion were very prevalent when learning about Early America. One instant of this was with warning out in the New English communities. Warning out was basically a practice of restricting people and exceling them out based on judgment of them. If you were a single woman, ill, elderly, or had too many children to be able to care for, you were considered for being kicked out of the community. This was due to the fact that communities were trying to cut down on poverty and crime. However, with this practice the community officials had to make quick judgments to see if in fact the person could contribute or was just a burden. In many causes, outsiders that lived in other times were quickly judged for the fact that they were strangers. However, just because they were strangers didn’t mean that they would be bad for the town. Sadly, these strangers would often times be warn out and sent back to their old town. When looking at this practice in Early America of judgment, exclusion, and restrictions made on others, I began to wonder about practices of today. I have been volunteering at the food pantry for my community hours. When I first arrived I immediately wondered how this small food pantry worked. What I questioned most was how the people who could participate in the pantry were chosen, so I decided to do a little research. When looking into the pantry I found that they were willing to help anyone that they could who needed it. They were able to do this by making a structured environment for those coming into the pantry. This really reflects the differences of how Early America dealt with poverty and those in need compared to now. We have become much better rounded and less likely to turn people away.