From Relief to Social Security: The Development of the New
Public Welfare Service
By Grace Abbott
2000/05 - Beard Books
158798038X - Paperback - Reprint - 396 pp.
This landmark book deals in a broad way with public welfare policies and the importance of civil service in the social welfare program.
Grace Abbott, who was the only social worker to head an important Federal Bureau at the time, presents various temporary and permanent plans for mitigating some of the most serious consequences of the Depression that followed the financial collapse of 1929. Many of the policies discussed are still part of our current thinking with regard to the welfare principles of a democratic government with a Federal and state system.
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The financial collapse of 1929 brought misery and tragedy to millions of American families. From Relief to Social Security presents various plans for mitigating some of the most serious consequences of the Depression which ensued. The author, Grace Abbott, was the only social worker at the head of an important Federal bureau. Her methods of temporary and permanent relief are documented in her papers, which form the basis of this book, published by her sister after her death. The book deals in a broad way with public welfare policies and the importance of civil service in the social welfare program.
But this is not merely a Depression story. The policies discussed are still part of our current thinking with regard to the welfare principles of a democratic government with a Federal and state system.
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Grace Abbott was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on 17th November, 1878. She was a noted teacher and social reformist. She established the Immigrants' Protective League (IPL) as well as teaching at the University of Chicago; she was then appointed as director of the child-labour division of the United States Children's Bureau before becoming director of Illinois State Immigrants Commission. Warren Harding appointed Abbott as head of the Children's Bureau in 1921 while concurrently being a member of the Advisory Committee on Traffic in Women and Children (1922-34) that had been established by the League of Nations. Abbott became then became professor of public welfare at the University of Chicago and was involved in helping Franklin D. Roosevelt draft the Social Security Act (1935). This legislation that set up a national system of old age pensions and co-ordinated federal and state action for the relief of the unemployed. She was the author of several articles and editor of several reviews. Grace Abbott died in Chicago on 19th June, 1939. From Relief to Social Security (1941) was published posthumously.