Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 May 2013

220 Pages | 12 b&w illus.

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823251957

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Angels of Mercy

White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum

William Seraile

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • Examines the roles white elite women took to improve the social evils plaguing urban centers--broadens our understanding of the freedom struggle in New York.
  • While the Colored Orphan Asylum is best known for its destruction during the 1863 Draft Riots, it has existed for 174 years.
  • Survived three wars, two major financial panics, a devastating fire, the occupancy of five different homes, several epidemics, waves of race prejudice and a succession of the severest internal economies.
  • Author is a New Yorker who taught for more than 30 years at Lehman College and has written extensively on African American history.

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