Friday, November 14, 2014

Blog 8

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.

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