International Journal of Social Science and Humanities
2020, Vol. 2, Issue 2
Understanding social welfare policy in American history texts
The analytic article presents social welfare development throughout history according to different authors' perspectives: Jansson (2012) in The Reluctant Welfare State, and Day and Schiele (2013) in A New History of Social Welfare. The article focuses on the authors' views on the importance of understanding the history of social welfare in the United States and the contributions of disadvantaged groups such as women, people of color, and immigrants. It also emphasizes that the authors disapprove of people's biased efforts of people who were influenced by social Darwinism in writing social welfare history and ignored vulnerable populations whose suffering and battles contributed to the history of social welfare history. This article can help students majoring in social work improve their understanding of American social welfare policies' history. When applying it to social work practice, they may also be motivated to evaluate social work policies.