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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the history of social work.


Six Superlative Sources

· Abromovitz, Mimi. Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present. South End Press, 1988.

· Alexander, Leslie B. "Organizing the Professional Social Worker: Union Development in Voluntary Social Work, 1830-1850." Ph.D. Dissertation, Bryn Mawr College, 1976.

· Davis, Allen F. Spearheads for Reform: The Social Settlements and the Progressive Movement, 1890-1914. Oxford University Proess, 1963.

· Ehrenreich, John H. The Altruistic Imagination: A History of Social Work and Social Policy in the United States. Cornell University Press, 1985.

· Tice, Karen C. Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women: Case Records and the Professionalization of Social Work. University of Illinois Press, 1998.

· Walkowitz, Daniel J. Working with Class: Social Workers and the Politics of Middle-Class Identity. University of North Carolin Press, 1999.

Other Excellent Sources

· Jewel Bellush and Bernard Bellush. Union Power and New York: Victor Gotbaum and District Council 37. Praeger, 1984.

· Mina Carson. Settlement Folk: Social Thought and the American Settlement Movement. University of Chicago Press, 1990.

· Clarke A. Chambers. Seedtime of Reform: American Social Service and Social Activism, 1918-1933. University of Minnesota Press, 1963.

· Clarke A. Chambers. "Women in the Creation of the Profession of Social Work," Social Service Review. March 1986: 1-33.

· Ruth Hutchinson Crocker, Social Work and Social Order: The Settlement Movement in Two Industrial Cities, 1889-1930. Illinois University Press, 1992.

· Jacob Fisher. The Response of Social Work to the Depression. G.K. Hall, 1980.

· John C. Goldner. "Resolution of Major Crisis Situations in the New York City Department of Welfare, 1939-1949." M.S.W. Thesis, New York School of Social Work, Columbia University, 1949.

· Linda Gordon. Heroes of Their own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence; Boston, 1880-1960. Viking, 1988.

· Linda Gordon. Pitied but not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare. The Free Press, 1994.

· Linda Gordon, ed. Women, The State and Welfare. University of Wisconsin Press, 1990.

· Lynne Haney. "Homeboys, Babies. Men in Suits: The State and the Reproduction of Male Dominance,"American Sociological Review 61 (October 1996): 759-78.

· John Earl Haynes. "The 'Rank and File Movement' in Private Social Work," Labor History 16, no. 1 (Winter 1975): 78-98.

· Michael B. Katz. In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America.Basic Books, 1986.

· Jurgen Kocka. White Collar Workers in America, 1890-1940: A Socio-political History in International Perspective. Sage Publications, 1980.

· Seth Koven and Sonya Michel, eds. Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States. Routledge, 1993.

· Regina G. Kunzel. Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890-1945. Yale University Press, 1993.

· James Leiby. AA History of Social Welfare and Social Work in the United States. Columbia University Press, 1978.

· Leslie H. Leighninger. Social Work: Search for Identity. Greenwood Press, 1987.

· Mark H. Maier. City Unions: Managing Discontent in New York City, 1954-1973. Rutgers University Press, 1987.

· Mark McColloch. White Collar Workers in Transition: The Boom Years, 1940-1970. Greenwood Press, 1983.

· Richard Mendes. "The Professional Union: A Study of the Social Service Employees Union of the New York City Department of Social Services." Ph.D Diss., Columbia University, 1974.

· Al Nash. "Local 1707, CSAE: Facets of a Union in the Non-Profit Field," Labor History 20, no. 2 (Spring 1979): 256-77.

· Francis Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward. Regulating The Poor: The Functions Of Public Welfare, rev. ed. Vintage Books, 1993.

· Stephanie J. Shaw. What a Woman Ought To Be and To Do: Black Professional Workers During the Jim Crow Era. University of Chicago Press, 1996.

· Theda Skocpol. Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States. Harvard University Press, 1992.

· Rickie Solinger. Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe V. Wade. Routledge, 1992.

· Rick Spano. The Rank and File Movement in Social Work. University Press of America, 1982.

· Walter I. Trattner. From Poor Law to Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America, 4TH ED. The Free Press, 1989.

· Judith Trolander. Settlement Houses and the Great Depression. Wayne State Press, 1975.

· Daniel J. Walkowitz. "The Making of a Feminine Professional Identity: Social Workers in the 1920s." American Historical Review 95, no. 4 (October 1990): 1051-1075.

· Stanley Wenocur and Michael Reich. From Charity to Enterprise: The Development of American Social Work in a Market Economy. Illinois University Press, 1989.

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