Ordinary People

Ordinary People: In and out of Poverty in the Gilded Age

December 3, 2015
248 pages
ISBN-10: 1-5945-1461-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-5945-1461-6

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David Wagner explores the lives of poor people during the three decades after the Civil War, using a unique treasure of biographies of people who were (at one point in time) inmates in a large almshouse, combined with genealogical and other official records to follow their later lives. Ordinary People develops a more fluid picture of “poverty” as people’s lives change over the course of time.