Male Consumptives Hospital at the State Almshouse

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Male Consumptives Hospital at the State Almshouse

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Image of the Male Consumptives Hospital at the State Almshouse.

Plans for a state farm reflect the adoption by the state of Rhode Island of some of the current thinking affecting social services. The selection of a pastoral site far from the city is indicative of the prevailing philosophy that many of the nineteenth-century’s social ills derived from the chaos of the urban industrial environment. Institutionalization, to create a new, controlled and ameliorative environment replaced assignment of the destitute to local families. Almshouses would care for the “worthy” or hard-core poor, the permanently disabled, and others who clearly could not care for themselves. The able-bodied or “unworthy” poor who sought public aid would be institutionalized in workhouses where their behavior could be controlled and where, away from the temptations of society, they would develop new habits of industry to prepare themselves for more productive lives and less dependence.
Excerpt from: Historical Preservation Commission’s Statewide Historical Preservation Report P-C-1 on Cranston, 1980

See also:
Cranston: National Register of Historic Places, 1984

Report of the Committee of State Charities and Corrections Upon the State Institutions at Cranston, Made to the Senate, at its January Session, 1883

Report of the Joint Special Committee on the State Asylum for the Insane Made to the General Assembly at its January Session, A.D. 1868

Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission:  Statewide Preservation Reports, 1975 - 1982

Article Written by William F. Gleason, M.D....on a State School for Feeble-Minded Children, 1907

Report of State Commission on Public Welfare Institutions, 1943

Special Legislative Commission to Study the Howard Complex records, 1970-1972

External Related Resources:
Rhode Island Historical Society: Rhode Island State Institutions Records, 1839-1968 (bulk 1885-1944)

Missouri State Archives exhibit- Quest for a Cure: Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital

Source

Rhode Island Board of Charities and Corrections Annual Report, 1901

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1901

Rights

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Language

eng

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annual reports

Citation

Rhode Island. Board of Charities and Corrections (1789-1917), "Male Consumptives Hospital at the State Almshouse," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #828, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/828 (accessed November 21, 2017).