The Story of the Children's Bureau, The Early Years: 1912 - 1937

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Date Developed: 4/11/2012. Source: Children's Bureau Centennial. Presenter(s): Pam Day. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Introductory. Length: 65 minutes.


In this 65-minute presentation, Pam Day describes the early history of the Federal Children’s Bureau. She begins by explaining the Post-Industrial Revolution context and the high rates of infant mortality, infectious disease, and child labor. She then discusses Progressivism and women’s increased involvement in activism that led to the creation of the Children’s Bureau in 1912. Next, she explains the Children’s Bureau’s early achievements including the reduction of child mortality rates, child welfare, enforcing child labor laws, as well as how the Children’s Bureau evolved with the passing of the Social Security Act. The presentation concludes with the Children’s Bureau in 1937.

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