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LGBTQIA+ Health Disparities

LGBTQIA+ Health Disparities  By: Laura Crouch   Editor’s Note:  LGBTQIA+ is an umbrella acronym that generally stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (and/or questioning), intersex and asexual. The acronym is designed to be as inclusive as possible with the “+” indicating any person who does not identify specifically with any of the listed terms but… Continue Reading »

National Association of Black Social Workers

National Association of Black Social Workers Alice W. Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries   The National Association of Black Social Workers was founded on May 8, 1968 in San Francisco, CA. Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) sponsored a National Social… Continue Reading »

Economic Inequality: An Introduction

Brought up on the Declaration of Independence and the idea that all people are created equal, Americans have traditionally described themselves as living in a classless society. This classless society meant that individual effort and talent contributed to one’s place in society. The vast majority of Americans, it has been believed, are middle class. Looking at the data, however, it’s clear that economic inequality exists. But what is it? Economic inequality is the unequal distribution of income (earnings) or wealth (net worth or savings) in a society.Continue Reading »

Shelby County v. Holder (2013)

Shelby County v. Holder (2013)   Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013), was a landmark decision of the U. S. Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination in voting to obtain federal… Continue Reading »

Food Assistance in the United States

Food Assistance in the United States  By: Laura Crouch In the United States, millions of people face hunger and food insecurity each day. Unable to provide for themselves and their families, they turn to food assistance programs for both short and long term needs.    The USDA defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social… Continue Reading »

Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth and Emancipation Day Commemorations, Richmond, Va.

Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth and Emancipation Day Commemorations, Richmond, Va. Alice W. Campbell     On June 16, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proposed making June 19, Juneteenth, an official state holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America. On June 19, 2020, by Northam’s executive order, Virginia became the second state to celebrate the day… Continue Reading »

Segregation. Color Pattern from the Past–Our Struggle to Wipe it Out. Survey Graphic, January 1947

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Willard State Hospital, New York. Primary Sources

Plans and elevations and a historical sketch of the Willard Asylum for the insane, at Willard, on Seneca-Lake, N.Y. (1887) This report may also be read through the Internet Archive. Annual report of the Trustees of the Willard State Hospital, for the year 1892 This report may also be read through the Internet Archive. Annual… Continue Reading »

Influence and Controversy. The Races of Mankind and The Brotherhood of Man

Published on October 35, 1943, The Races of Mankind makes the argument that all the world’s humans are biologically the same. The pamphlet inspired a short training film that aimed to decrease racial tensions, The Brotherhood of Man.Continue Reading »

Tenement House Reform

Primary sources related to tenement house reforms in the State of New York and the passage of the New York State Tenement House Act of 1901.Continue Reading »

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