Policy and Practice at the Salvation Army Home and Hospital, Jersey City, New Jersey
Two hundred years of the social history of the United States - as a colony and as a republic - had woven their changing pattern into the Nation's life before protection was offered to unmarried mother's in shelters definitely for them. During the two centuries in which this new tolerance was slowly germinating, harsh punishment for the mother and denial of legal rights to her child were the general rule. The stigma placed on mother and child is an old, old story - much older than two centuries. The stigma is as old as the institution of marriage, which it is imposed to protect. Society hoped to prevent illegitimate births by the severity of its punishment and of its legal discriminations. It took no cognizance of cause or of the innocence of the child. This solid wall of illogic had to be razed. Individuals and groups who saw the role of society and the law as protective rather than punitive have made a breach.
Health care management|Social work
Kavin,Regina, "Policy and Practice at the Salvation Army Home and Hospital, Jersey City, New Jersey" (1953). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557723.