Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America

This encyclopedia 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 were similar in the three nations, many 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.  The encyclopedia’s editors include specialists in the social welfare history of each nation.  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 will provide cross-references for important topics.  It will be a unique reference tool for students at all levels, for teachers, for libraries and for anyone with interest in the history of North American social welfare.

Project Editors:

John M. Herrick

Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs

College of Social Science

Professor, School of Social Work

Michigan State University


Paul H. Stuart

Professor, School of Social Work

The University of Alabama


For Canada,

Professor John Graham

Professor, Faculty of Social Work

University of Calgary


For Mexico,

Enrique Ochoa

Associate Professor, Department of History

California State University, Los Angeles


Assistant Editor

Ruth Britton

Social Work Librarian, Retired

University of Southern California