PRIMARY SOURCE READINGS
Obviously, what happened in history was very real and important to people who lived at the time. If we can see issues through the eyes of those who were there, the past becomes real and easier to relate to the present.
A set of 30 primary source readings—
New Haven and the Nation
—may be borrowed from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. The books contain firsthand accounts and pictures, along with questions for discussion. The readings, charts, maps, and pictures indicated in this unit are found in the book.
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS
Today in large cities there are places where the poor and needy can go for help. Below is a list of organizations that existed in New Haven in the late 1800s. As a class or individual project, compile a list of organizations today where residents of New Haven can get help.
Young Men’s Christian Association
Young Women’s Christian Association
Hebrew Ladies Orphan Society
New Haven County Home
Saint Francis Orphan Asylum
City Missionary Association
Young Men’s Christian Association Boys Club
Knights of Columbus
Mothers’ Aid Society
Ladies Seamen’s Friend Society
New Haven Dispensary
Hospital of Saint Raphael
Leila Day Nursery
1. In what ways are these organizations the same? Different?
2. Are any of the organizations of the 1890s still in existence today? If so, which ones?
3. What kinds of services were especially important in the 1890s?
4. In what ways did urban reformers and social workers try to help city dwellers?
5. Are social services and reforms needed today? Explain.