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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You've got it...USE IT! [Richmond Crusade for Voters flyer]

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Richmond Crusade for Voters flyer. A hand brings down a heavy hammer that says VOTE, and breaks a chain. Text:  you've got it...USE IT! Votes mean…

Anti-Suffrage Arguments. DANGER! [anti-suffrage broadside]

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A single-sided handbill published by the Virginia Association Opposed to Woman's Suffrage. The handbill argues that woman suffrage will lead to…

They Are Advancing

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Pamphlet advocating for theChild Labor Amendment,passed in 1924, but never ratified.