Skip to main content

The timeline can be navigated with the “Scroll Left” and “Scroll Right” buttons or by dragging the pointer to a date on the timeline waveform (located at the bottom of the screen on the desktop version and on the left of the screen on mobile). To filter by a particular topic and see a smaller section of the data, make a selection on the dropdown “Filters” menu or click “Search” to do a keyword search. Hover over the abbreviated filter tags in the blue boxes to see the complete name of the filter, or click a filter to display all the data with this tag. If you want to take a deeper dive into a specific topic by viewing a narrative essay page and a curated timeline, click on “Stories.”

Read More

Elizabethan Poor Laws enacted.

Date: 1601

The Story of The Colonizer Wound

Passed in England, these laws create the social welfare standards for early colonization. They normalize leveraging taxes to support people living in poverty, and also assert the difference between the "deserving" and the "undeserving" poor. The largest difference is between those perceived as "innocent victims," such as orphans and widows, and those who are defined as "drunkards" and "the lazy."

These laws also break regions up into "settlement areas" for the distribution of aid. "Outdoor relief" refers to care given in people's homes and in public spaces, while "indoor relief" refers to care given within institutions established for this purpose.

Other poverty strategies include auctioning off those living in poverty to rich families who then provide care in exchange for their service, and placing poor and sick individuals with married couples who "volunteer" their care and support for those considered deserving.