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Angels of Mercy: White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum (Empire State Editions) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0823234196
ISBN-10: 0823234193
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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Empire State Editions
  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823234193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823234196
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Culver on July 31, 2011
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Angels of Mercy: White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum (Empire State Editions)
I found this book to be a fascinating history of the child welfare system in New York. While the COA supposedly started out providing for orphans - it wasn't long before it evolved into providing care for half orphans and those children with both parents living. The author has done a painstaking job of researching this information. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the background of the child welfare system in New York.
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