By John Steele Gordon
Original 12 months of publication: 2005
Throughout time, from historic Rome to fashionable Britain, the good empires outfitted and maintained their domination via strength of fingers and political strength. yet no longer the U.S.. the US has ruled the realm in a brand new, peaceable, and pervasive approach -- in the course of the persisted construction of superb wealth. during this authoritative, engrossing background, John Steele Gordon captures as by no means ahead of the genuine resource of our nation's worldwide effect: wealth and the ability to create extra of it.
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Ruth Herndon concentrated on lives of a much smaller set of the poor, only forty or so New Englanders. 20 To let the poor whites of Charleston tell their own stories, this book relies on letters and oral testimonies delivered by parents, their relatives and neighbors, their employers, and occasionally their children. By tracking one individual in as many different records as possible, it aims to follow particular lives over time. The poor families of Charleston are at the heart of this book, but the events that made up their lives, as documented here, illuminate from a completely new historical perspective the processes that moved Charleston as a whole.
Before the Orphan House was founded, Charleston supported its orphaned and destitute children through its two Anglican parishes, St. Philip’s (founded 1683) and daughter congregation St. Michael’s (first building dedicated 1761). As local agencies of the established church, they collected poor rates and distributed them as relief. Churchwardens of St. Philip’s gave cash grants to mothers of illegitimate children until the fathers were identified and made to support their offspring. 1 The parish paid women who took in orphaned and abandoned children and wet nurses who suckled infants.
14 Such history of poor whites in the Old South as we know has been determined by the nature of the primary sources, which are mostly court records. One result has been an overemphasis on the lawbreaking that led to creation and preservation of legal records. Charles Bolton and Bill Cecil-Fronsman each tracked poor whites through census, tax, and court records. 19 In the lowest of classes, ideology took a backseat to more urgent matters. The poorest families spent their energies finding their next meal or, after they were shown the door at a relative’s already-crowded home, the next roof over their head.