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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Better Babies [suffrage pamphlet]

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National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) pamphlet on how woman suffrage improves children's health. Cover editorial cartoon by Rose O'Neill.…

An Amendment to the Constitution is Needed to Give the United States Power to Safeguard the Child Life of the Nation

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Pamphlet advocating for theChild Labor Amendment,passed in 1924, but never ratified.Cover cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper cartoonist John…

Popular Fallacies About Race Relations

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A pamphlet addressing resistance from white Americans to racial integration. Written by the Educational Director of the Commission on Interracial…