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Child Care in Black and White – Working Parents and the History of Orphanages - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages

Jessie B. Ramey


This innovative study examines the development of institutional child care from 1878 to 1929, based on a comparison of two “sister” orphanages in Pittsburgh: the all-white United Presbyterian Orphan's Home and the all-black Home for Colored Children. Drawing on quantitative analysis of the records of more than 1,500 children living at the two orphanages, as well as census data, city logs, and contemporary social science surveys, this study raises new questions about the role of child care in constructing and perpetrating social inequality in the United States.The book explores how working fami ... More

Keywords: institutional child care, orphanage, Pittsburgh, U.S. social inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036903
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessie B. Ramey, author