Charity and Welfare (1984-1986)

'Band of Help' members certificate. The Birmingham and District Cripples Union. Picture of a lady spreading her cape wide to embrace two crippled children.

During the academic years 1984/85 and 1985/86, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the problem of charity and welfare.

Topics Included:

  • Social interpretation of the welfare state
  • Public versus private aid
  • Religious charity and missionary activities
  • Social classes
  • Gratitude and sacrifice
  • Poor laws
  • Medicine, social welfare, and poor relief
  • The philanthropic foundation
  • Professional social work
  • Women as prostitutes, social workers, and philanthropists

Davis Center Fellows

1984-1985

  • David Garland, The University of Edinburgh
  • Judith Herrin
  • Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dale Vivienne Kent, University of California, Riverside
  • Christoph Sachsse, Gesamthochschule Kassel, West Germany

1985-1986

  • Robert A. Cage, University of New England, Armidale
  • Gerald N. Grob, Rutgers University
  • Jose Harris, St. Catherine's College
  • Colin David Hugh Jones, University of Exeter
  • Mary Lindemann, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Ellen Ross, Ramapo College

Shelby Cullom Davis Center Volume

The Uses of Charity: The Poor on Relief in the Nineteenth-Century Metropolis Edited by Peter MandlerThe Uses of Charity: The Poor on Relief in the Nineteenth-Century Metropolis

Edited by Peter Mandler
Copyright 1990 University of Pennsyvlania Press

 


Photo credit: "L0040530" by Wellcome Library, London is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Image has been cropped.