From the Ashes, 1872-1900
A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives
DOCUMENT 21RESOLUTION TO REMOVE BEGGARS FROM THE STREETS
May 23, 1881
In its annual report to the city council the Chicago Relief and Aid Society stated that for the period October 31, 1880-October 31, 1881 it had expended $40,251 to provide for the poor. Its distributions were given as follows:
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In its conclusion the relief agency wrote, "the great problem before this and all kindred organizations is, how to so conduct its work as to meet all worthy demands and at the same time not foster the spirit of shiftlessness and dependence."
Points to Consider
What is a mendicant?
Why were beggars offensive to businesses?
Which agencies were providing relief to the poor of Chicago at this time?
Is begging currently legal on the streets of Chicago? Does it occur? Should it be allowed?