|aPoverty, charity, and motherhood :|bmaternal societies in nineteenth-century France /|cChristine Adams.
|aUrbana, Ill. :|bUniversity of Illinois Press,|cc2010.
|axi, 251 p. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aIntroduction: maternal societies in the nineteenth century -- "Moses saved from the waters" : the origins of the Society for Maternal Charity -- "A grand and official institution" : the Society for Maternal Charity under Napoleon -- Modeling maternal behavior: relations between the dames visiteuses and the pauvres meres indigentes -- In the public interest: charitable associations and public-utility status -- "Seconding the views of the government" : maternal societies and the state -- Epilogue: toward a welfare state.