The Author discusses the Poor Laws in the times of the Tudor monarchs, known to us at the Elizabethan Poor Laws. The Author discusses the Oakley case which shows the durability and power of our Elizabethan heritage in shaping a special law of poor families; the very venerability of this heritage suggests that it must play an important social role.
26 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 109 (2004)