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

Segrave, Kerry

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ISBN 10: 0786465697 / ISBN 13: 9780786465699
Published by McFarland, 2011
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Title: Begging in America, 1850-1940 The Needy, the...

Publisher: McFarland

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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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 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. Despite the massive social upheavals the last two centuries have brought, all efforts to suppress begging have failed. Many of the complaints and arguments made against beggars and begging in 1850 and 1900 and 1940 were also made into the 21st century because, in the end, the public continued to give alms.

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Cultural historian Kerry Segrave has written dozens of books for McFarland. They have covered such topics as drive-in theaters, lie detectors, jukeboxes, smoking, shoplifting and ticket-scalping. He lives in British Columbia.

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