"I haven’t seen you in the poor-house yet."

Britain’s poor-house system was imported into America during the second quarter of the 19th century. Shelters funded by public money housed communities of those who were unable to work or support themselves financially. Residents contributed to the maintenance of their poor-house through gardening, growing vegetables, carrying out repairs and cleaning. This was intended not only to assist the poverty-stricken, but also to cure them of the ‘immorality’ that had supposedly landed them in their situation. The system was discontinued after the introduction of Social Security in 1935.