Off the Straight and Narrow

By: Colgate, Caroline Bayard

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[good solid clean copy, light shelfwear, tiny tear in binding at top of spine; jacket a bit scuffed, with moderate soiling and light edgewear, vertical crease down middle of spine]. This is "the story of one woman's adventures on the other side of the track." A woman of "wealth and social position," Mrs. Colgate decided to devote her efforts to "befriending some who scoffed at friendship -- wayward men, delinquent children, prisoners, and inmates of various institutions." Her field work, which took her to "juvenile courts, houses of correction, reformatories, state and county prisons, prison farms, and boys' clubs," was mostly done between 1912 and 1923, but she continued to be active in reform efforts until her death in 1940. And lest you think that this is just the sort of woman the term "do-gooder" was invented to describe, however, the jacket blurber hastens to point out that Mrs. Colgate was "an observing realist, not a sentimental uplifter," and that she was neither "a sour-faced reformer or a grim crusader." (She was definitely one of "those" Colgates, though: her husband, Sydney M. Colgate, was chairman of the board of the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company at the time of his death in 1930, and was succeeded by their son.)

Title: Off the Straight and Narrow

Author: Colgate, Caroline Bayard

Categories: Crime and the Law,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Lee Furman, Inc.: (c.1937)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj

Seller ID: 15590

Keywords: Prison System Convicts Social Workers