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Habits of Compassion: Irish Catholic Nuns and the Origins of New York's Welfare System, 1830-1920 (Women in American History) [Paperback]

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Pages   298
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 25, 2006
Publisher   University of Illinois Press
ISBN  0252072820  
EAN  9780252072826  

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Habits of Compassion is a study of Irish-Catholic Sisters'tremendously successful work in founding charitable organizations inNew York City from the famine through the early 20th century.Maureen Fitzgerald argues that it was these nuns' championing of therights of the poor--especially poor women--that resulted in an explosionof state-supported services and programs. Unlike Protestant reformerswho argued that aid should be meagre and provisional (based onmeans-testing) to avert widespread dependence, Irish-Catholic nunsargued instead that the poor should be aided as an act of compassion.Positioning the nuns' activism as resistance to the cultural hegemonyof Protestantism, Fitzgerald contends that Catholic nuns offered strongand unequivocal moral leadership in condemning those who punishedthe poor for their poverty and unmarried women for sexualtransgression.

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Women of the cloth  Dec 24, 2009
What a beautiful book of how simple nuns were able to help women and children in the 1880's. Even though it was a male-priest dominated society, these uneducated women, clothed in black that only showed their face and hands and living under a medieval dictate were able to thrive. As a child I was taught by this order in New York City and always knew that these quiet women were a force to behold. Thank you, Sisters of Charity for quietly relieving the city's poor. Your history was and will never be taught in the Catholic schools. I always knew you could do anything you put your mind to.

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