Midtown Scholar Bookstore & Cafe welcomes Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan on February 9 at 5-7 PM.
This February, the Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan to discuss her new book, Vagrants and Vagabonds: Poverty and Mobility in the Early American Republic. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.
The riveting story of control over the mobility of poor migrants, and how their movements shaped current perceptions of class and status in the United States.
Vagrants. Vagabonds. Hoboes. Identified by myriad names, the homeless and geographically mobile have been with us since the earliest periods of recorded history. In the early days of the United States, these poor migrants – consisting of everyone from work-seekers to runaway slaves – populated the roads and streets of major cities and towns. These individuals were a part of a social class whose geographical movements broke settlement laws, penal codes, and welfare policies. This book documents their travels and experiences across the Atlantic world, excavating their life stories from the records of criminal justice systems and relief organizations.