Children have long been the smallest victims of society’s social problems. In early times, children were seen as property, either of their father, or caregiver, if the parents were deceased, or unwilling to care for them. This led to many orphans being cast into inappropriate settings, such as poor houses, or living on the streets. […]
In 1832, the New England Association of Farmers, Mechanics and other Workingmen expressed concern with children working relentlessly in factories without any time for play and by 1842, states had set ten hour work daylimit for children (The Child Labor Education Project). Many children were illiterate because they worked so many long, hard hours. I found an […]
Children were found laboring along side women in many of the Nation’s factories. Times were hard and working conditions within these factories were unacceptable. The influx of immigrants seeking a better life filled the labor market. During the Gilded Age, industrialization grew at a rapid rate (Jansson, B. S. (2012). The Reluctant Welfare State. Brooks Cole). […]
The Social Reform movement dubbed Progressivism sparked change in how America felt about providing “outdoor relief” for those Americans in need. Mothers’ Pensions was the beginning of this change. It was a modest start to reform, with few pensions granted by 1919. This was a breakthrough in child advocacy because it addressed how many long […]
Efforts at protecting America’s children have come a long way since Colonial times, yet still more needs to be done. The Social Security Act of 1935 enabled grants to be given to States to provide aid to dependant children through Title IV provision. The Title V provision allowed funds to be paid in order for States […]
Hello. This is a class project for my American Social welfare class. I hope you are able to gain knowledge from it!