By Jonathan Kozol
Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s vintage publication on lifestyles and dying within the South Bronx—the poorest city local of the U.S.. He brings us into overcrowded faculties, dysfunctional hospitals, and rat-infested houses the place households were ravaged via melancholy and anxiousness, drug-related violence, and the unfold of AIDS. yet he additionally introduces us to dedicated and unselfish lecturers, devoted ministers, and—at the center and middle of the book—courageous and pleasant youngsters. the youngsters we come to satisfy in the course of the friendships they've got shaped with Jonathan defy the stereotypes of city formative years too usually offered by means of the media. soft, beneficiant, and infrequently religiously religious, they converse with eloquence and honesty in regards to the poverty and racial isolation that experience wounded yet now not hardened them. Amidst all the depression, it's the very younger whose luminous means for romance and transcendent experience of religion in human decency give good reason for wish.
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In practice and in theory, then, philanthropy established new terms through which the problem of marginal populations could be systematically addressed. Philanthropic discourse designated the targets for intervention, defined the fields of practice, suggested the techniques that should be pursued, and hinted at an enlarged role for the state in moralizing the working-class family. If certain issues appeared settled, the enterprise was still in its formative stage, and there remained considerable room for further practice and inquiry.
Within the particular lines of philanthropic activity, similarly, the approaches and techniques already in use were regarded as the correct tools for reaching the marginal family. We may take as a case in point the praise heaped upon the early casework methods developed through friendly visiting. Although by most accounts the wellintended visitors often failed in their task, philanthropic activists were still confident that a sound personal relationship would permit bourgeois outsiders to bring moral uplift to an impoverished family.
The problem of youngsters already abandoned to the streets likewise demanded a forceful response, so Children’s Aid tried to entice these children into its placement or training programs. 25 These organizations shared the child protection field with societies for the prevention of cruelty to children (SPCCs), formed in the 1870s in response to mounting middle-class concerns with child abuse. Some SPCCs thought it best to strengthen the home and preferred to earn the cooperation of the family. But an abiding disdain for working-class parents seems to have predominated in SPCC work, and the Societies favored coercive measures to rescue children.