Eras in Social Welfare History

This category reflects the fact that certain periods of American history have had a significant effect on the history of social welfare policies and programs. Two of the sub-categories include entries describing many of the advocates, events, organizations and historical developments connected to the national and long time movements for Woman Suffrage and Civil Rights.  The other two sub-categories reflect significant periods of time that resulted in a number of important changes in national social welfare policies and programs: the Great Depression and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation.

 
The Great Depression

The “Great Depression,” the start of which historians usually associate with The Stock Market Crash of 1929, threatened all three of America’s major institutional sectors…

Harry Hopkins and Work Relief During the Great Depression

Harry Hopkins’ New Deal work relief and jobs programs, designed to overcome the economic devastation wrought by the Great Depression during the 1930s, included the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration (TERA)…