Cultures of Charity by Nicholas Terpstra
Women, Politics, and the Reform of Poor Relief in Renaissance Italy (I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History)

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Renaissance debates about politics and gender led to pioneering forms of poor relief, devised to help women get a start in life. These included orphanages for illegitimate children and forced labor in workhouses, but also women’s shelters and early forms of maternity benefits, unemployment insurance, food stamps, and credit union savings plans.
 

About Nicholas Terpstra

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Nicholas Terpstra is Professor of History at the University of Toronto.
 
Published February 14, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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The city set up orphanages, places for widows to live together and a place for people thrown into poverty to stay while they worked day jobs.

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