Homes for Fallen Women

In the late 1800s - early 1900s, homes for fallen women existed in cities across America where they could gather women and young girls, usually pregnant out of wedlock, and hide them from “respectable” society and attempt to “reform” them. While these places came from good intentions, they were places of hard labor, crude reform and ideas and methods that we consider outdated by today’s standard. 

This week, I'm talking about Atlanta’s efforts to contain and reform their “fallen women”. Who led these efforts, who funded them, where were they, how did locals feel about them and talk about the few names of these women that we know. 

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