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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Natural Beauty -- Everybody's Fight

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"Natural Beauty -- Everybody's Fight" illustrates quotations and paraphrases from President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Remarks to the Delegates to the White…

Striker in a gas mask, Passaic, New Jersey

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A Passaic striker wears a gas mask for protection from the effects of tear gas. Police used tear gas, clubs, and firehoses to disperse crowds of…

Father Forgive them for they know not what they do / Educate Don't Segregate [1963 Farmville, Va. protests]

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Protesters in front of Prince Edward County Courthouse, Main St., Farmville, Va., July 1963. The Rev. Goodwin Douglas, pastor of Beulah AME, with…