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Discussion for POOR LAWS ( 350 words)
The Elizabethan Poor Laws existed unchanged in England, the American Colonies, and later, the United States for 250 years. While as a complete system of welfare, they do not exist anymore, some of the core principles, values, and beliefs about what causes poverty and the poor themselves still exist in American society and within our current Welfare System. Can you detect any societal beliefs about poverty and the poor that can be traced to the Elizabethan Poor Laws? Think about all the disparate components of our system such as social security, food stamps, health care, public assistance, work program, child welfare, and mental health. Back-up your claims with examples from current policy. Use all resources at your disposal. My questions to you will be to lead the discussion towards understanding, not politicizing…..