Explore the history of American social reform and social services 

The Social Welfare History Image Portal brings together photographs, pamphlets, artifacts and documents chronicling the history of the nation's response to human need. This history includes the work of volunteer organizations, reform movements, social workers, and government legislation and systems.

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How Stalin Hopes We Will Destroy America

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Giveaway comic book about the dangers of inflation. Text argues that Communists want America to spend itself into destruction by printing more money.…

Independent Citizenship For Married Women

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Pamphlet promoting the Principle of Independent Citizenship for Married Women and detailing the Curtis, Rogers, Johnson, and Shortridge bills. "In a…

Standard Recommendations for the Relief and Prevention of Unemployment

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Cover cartoon by Rollin Kirby, from The New York World  Back page cartoon by Gordon Grant from Better Times.