Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jul 21, 2020

"Out of an age of division and blood, the glittering reign of Elizabeth I burst forth. During 44 triumphant years on the English throne, she deftly outmaneuvered assassination plots, internal rebellions and external threats." Read the colorful historical account in Russell Fowler's July-August column, "Defying Poverty and Fear: Elizabeth I and the Poor Law of 1601." Fowler writes that "even a Parliament of wealthy landowners grasped that poverty was too great a social danger to be ignored.” The innovative act’s goals were mercy and order, and it “fixed the character of poor relief for three centuries not only in England but in America as well.”

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