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Estudios de historia moderna y contemporánea de México

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MOLINA DEL VILLAR, América. Living in orphanage, poverty and overcrowding. Constitutionalist asylums and the conditions of life and health of children in Mexico City, 1915-1918. Estud. hist. mod. contemp. Mex [online]. 2018, n.55, pp.195-242. ISSN 0185-2620.

This paper analyzes the living conditions in the constitutionalist asylums, inaugurated during the government of Venustiano Carranza. Its creation was part of the health and charity campaign of this politician. Like the fierce battle against hunger and the typhus epidemic of 1915 and 1916, the creation of these shelters was widely publicized in the press as a great achievement of the government. Our objective is to present a general panorama about the situation of the asylums, their operation, population, material, sanitary conditions and some causes about their closure in 1918.

Keywords : children; orphanage; poverty; health.

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