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The Resource Fostering on the farm : child placement in the rural Midwest, Megan Birk

Fostering on the farm : child placement in the rural Midwest, Megan Birk

Label
Fostering on the farm : child placement in the rural Midwest
Title
Fostering on the farm
Title remainder
child placement in the rural Midwest
Statement of responsibility
Megan Birk
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From 1870 until after World War I, reformers led an effort to place children from orphanages, asylums, and children's homes with farming families. The farmers received free labor in return for providing room and board. Reformers, meanwhile, believed children learned lessons in family life, citizenry, and work habits that institutions simply could not provide. Drawing on institution records, correspondence from children and placement families, and state reports, Megan Birk scrutinizes how the farm system developed--and how the children involved may have become some of America's last indentured laborers. Between 1850 and 1900, up to one-third of farm homes contained children from outside the family. Birk reveals how the nostalgia attached to misplaced perceptions about healthy, family-based labor masked the realities of abuse, overwork, and loveless upbringings endemic in the system. She also considers how rural people cared for their own children while being bombarded with dependents from elsewhere. Finally, Birk traces how the ills associated with rural placement eventually forced reformers to transition to a system of paid foster care, adoptions, and family preservation
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1979-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Birk, Megan
Dewey number
362.73/3097709034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV875.56.M54
LC item number
B57 2015eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Foster children
  • Foster home care
  • Rural families
  • Farm life
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Farm life
  • Foster children
  • Foster home care
  • Rural families
  • Middle West
Label
Fostering on the farm : child placement in the rural Midwest, Megan Birk
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Search for a Home; 1. The Rural Ideal: Constructing a Myth; 2. "Qualify them for the duties of life"; 3. "The hideous consequences"; Illustrations; 4. "The right of the state to interfere is unquestioned"; 5. The Farm, the Federal Government, and the Decline of Placement; Epilogue: "The great drama of childhood"; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
909028531
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 234 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252097294
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt152z39n
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)909028531
Label
Fostering on the farm : child placement in the rural Midwest, Megan Birk
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Search for a Home; 1. The Rural Ideal: Constructing a Myth; 2. "Qualify them for the duties of life"; 3. "The hideous consequences"; Illustrations; 4. "The right of the state to interfere is unquestioned"; 5. The Farm, the Federal Government, and the Decline of Placement; Epilogue: "The great drama of childhood"; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
909028531
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 234 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252097294
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt152z39n
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)909028531

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