Abandoned children: foundlings and child welfare in by Rachel G. Fuchs

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2) 195 7. 2) 195 8. 3) 200 Maps 1. Geographical Distribution of Wet Nurses in 1830 171 2. Geographical Distribution of Wet Nurses in 1866 172 3. Geographical Distribution of Wet Nurses in 1886 173 Page x Illustrations 1. The Tour at Provins. 22 2. Le tour de l'Hospice des Enfants Trouvés rue d'Enfer, by Grandpré. 109 3. From Le Boulevard, by Gustave Doré. 111 4. L'enfant dans le tour de l'Hospice des Enfants Trouvés and La réception de l'enfant par les Soeurs, Henri Pottin. 112 5. Identification necklace of silk cord.

Un départ de nourrices pour la province. ". 179 19. La mortalité des enfants en bas âge, from L'Illustration. 179 20. La mortalité des enfants en bas âge, from L'Illustration. 232 21. "C'est sur le 'bâtard' que, enfant, le bourgeois a déjà jeté sa première pierre," by Couturier for L'Assiette au beurre. 252 Page xi Preface Several years ago, while reading Victor Hugo's Les Misérables I became intrigued by Gavroche and wondered how typical he was. Did parents in nineteenth-century Paris really ignore and neglect their children?

The children, in turn, by their labor, would repay the state for the costs incurred in caring for them. The state had devised a system that, on paper, assured that the children abandoned in Paris were at least given a chance for survival. Sending the children out to foster parents proved to be the most cost- and labor-efficient method of maintaining the thousands of children abandoned each year. This system provided not necessarily the best care for the children, but the cheapest, and the one with the most diffuse allocation of responsibility.

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