Date of Award

Fall 1-3-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Daniel Hurewitz

Second Advisor

Eduardo Contreras

Academic Program Adviser

Manu Bhagavan


Rochester, New York typified the rapid growth towns were experiencing in the early 19th century. Benevolent women established charitable societies and institutions like the Orphan Asylum to combat the social ills brought on by that growth. Their humanitarian endeavors laid the foundation for today’s child welfare agencies.



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