By: Marilyn L. Labbe
Heritage Books, Inc: 2005
Seller ID: L3193
Condition: 522 pages, 5.5x8.5, 2005, 5.5x8.5, paper, index, 522 pp, Softcover, Heritage Books, Inc
The welfare system employed by the towns of Windham County, Connecticut, in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries worked in this way: the names of the indigent, homeless, orphans, elderly, and the sick were brought up at town meetings to be auctioned (bid off) to the lowest bidder for their care. An undated Ashford entry reads, "The three persons at William Johnson's are at 77 cents expense per head per week." Sometimes the whole group was bid off to one person who would be responsible for procuring medicines and doctoring, a sort of Early American HMO. This data, extracted fro... View More...