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The Charleston Orphan House: Children's Lives in the First Public Orphanage in America

John E. Murray


The first public orphanage in America, the Charleston Orphan House saw to the welfare and education of thousands of children from poor white families in the urban South. From wealthy benefactors to the families who sought its assistance to the artisans and merchants who relied on its charges as apprentices, the Orphan House was a critical component of the city's social fabric. By bringing together white citizens from all levels of society, it also played a powerful political role in maintaining the prevailing social order. This book tells the story of the Charleston Orphan House through the wo ... More

Keywords: orphanage, Charleston Orphan House, families, children, urban South, white poor, social order, social welfare, antebellum South, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226924090
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226924106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Murray, author