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March 1986
304 pages  

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The Struggle for Social Security, 1900–1935
Lubove, Roy
An examination of the early years of the social security movement, and the clash of traditional American ethics of individual responsiblity with Progressive Era social reforms.

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Roy Lubove, late professor of social welfare and history at the University of Pittsburgh , finished this first comprehensive study of Pittsburgh's second Renaissance shortly before his death in 1995.

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Political Science/US

For the first one-third of the twentieth century, proposals for workmen's compensation, unemployment or health insurance, and widow's or old age pensions met steep resistance on the grounds that such programs would diminish the dignity of the individual. In this book, Roy Lubove examines the clash between the traditional American ethic of individualism and voluntarism and the push for an active government role in social welfare assistance, and the battles within the social security movement itself. He concludes his study with the actual legislative enactments of 1935 when, after the experience of the Great Depression, social insurance came into its own.


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