Friday, November 21, 2014

blog 9

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.

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