Poor Women and the Boston Almshouse in the Early Republic

Choose one of the four women whom Herndon profiles and respond to the following prompts:

Part 1:

Write a brief journal entry in which you as one of these women would reflect on:

Your feelings about your situation

Your hopes for the future

Your concerns about the future

The advantages and disadvantages of seeking assistance at the Boston Almshouse

Part 2:

Thinking as a person living in your own time, how might your situation be different from the woman whom you profiled and why?

HERNDON, R. W. (2012). Poor Women and the Boston Almshouse in the Early Republic. Journal of the Early Republic, 32(3), 349–381. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23315159

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