The first work that examines the Colored Orphan Asylum and the women who were responsible for its existence . . . Seraile's examination of this group of while elite women broadens our understanding of the freedom struggle in New York. -Clarence Taylor
"[Seraile] details complex racial and social dynamics and hostilities in analyzing actions, attitudes, and arguments... This penetrating case study nicely merges and extends discussions in works such as Anne M. Boylan's The Origins of Women's Activism: New York and Boston, 1797-1840 and Gunja SenGupta's From Slavery to Poverty: The Racial Origins of Welfare in New York, 1840-1918. Scholars and general readers interested in New York history, race relations, social services, philanthropy, or interracial child rearing will benefit from this work." -Library Journal
"Angels of Mercy is relevant to all social workers as a reminder of the importance of cultural competency in social work practice..." -The New Social Worker Magazine
". . . a valuable contribution to the history of New York City and to studies of women reformers." -The American Historical Review
". . . An engaging book about the establishment of the Colored Orphan Asylum in New York City over a century and a half ago. . . [It] provides us a window into the condition of African Americans in the city after the abolition of slavery in New York in 1827."-The Herald
About the Author
William Seraile is a professor emeritus at Lehman College, City University of New York,where he taught African American history for 36 years. His most recent books are New York's Black Regiments During the Civil War and Bruce Grit: The Black Nationalist Writings of John Edward Bruce.