Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America

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The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North Amercia is a unique reference book that will provide users with basic information about the history of social welfare in North America, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Since many themes and issues are similar in the three nations, entries will provide comparative information about common as well as distinctive concerns and developments. Significant events, influential persons, legislation, social problems, and societal responses are described in detail.

Editors include specialists in the social welfare history of each nation, and they have collaborated with scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to prepare entries of varying length addressing these issues.

Included in each entry are suggestions for further reading that will guide readers to the rich resources available for learning about the history of North American social welfare. The encyclopedia also provides cross-references for important topics. This volume will be a unique reference tool for students at all levels, for teachers, and for libraries serving anyone with an interest in the history of North American social welfare.

Topics covered include:

- Canada

- Charity

- Child welfare

- Economic conditions and social welfare

- Economics/tax policy

- Health/Mental Health Policy

- Landmark social welfare legislation

- Mexico

- Poverty

- Race and social inequality

- Social problems

- Social security and income maintenance

- Social welfare reform

- Social welfare reformers

- Social work

- United States

- Women and social welfare.

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"This book provides a consolidated historical time line that is inclusive of the unique contributions of urban and rural communities, immigrant and aboriginal peoples, and various social movements. The extensive chronologies are invaluable in that other sources often provide only limited time era or social welfare topic-specific chronologies." (Donna McIntosh Multicultural Review 2005-09-01)

"Here is a reference work that provides readers with information about the history of social welfare in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. . . . One strength of the title under review is its multinational perspective. . . . Recommended for those academic library collections where there is a specific need for basic information related to the history of social welfare in North America." (Diana Shonrock BOOKLIST 2005-06-01)

About the Author:

Paul H. Stuart earned an MSW at the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in History and Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked as a social worker in public welfare, recreation services, health care, and community mental health. He has served as a clinical social worker in the Indian Health Service, U.S. Public Health Service, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Stuart had over 30 years of teaching experience in South Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Alabama, before joining the FIU faculty in 2007. His research has focused on the history of Indian-white relations in the United States, the history of social welfare, and the history of the social work profession. He is the author of several books, including The Indian Office: Growth and Development of an American Institution, 1865-1900 (UMI Research Press, 1979) and Nations within A Nation: Historical Statistics of American Indians (Greenwood Press, 1987), in addition to numerous articles and chapters in books. He co-edited the Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America (Sage, 2005), with John M. Herrick of Michigan State University. He has been active as a reviewer and editorial board member for scholarly journals and is currently Archives Editor for the Journal of Community Practice.

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