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History of Social Welfare Policies & Programs Up to the 1930s: Labor & the Working Class

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information on the history of social welfare policies and programs in the U.S. up to the 1930s.

Labor & the Working Class

Time Line 1850-1924
Chronology of the trade union movement. From the Samuel Gompers Papers at the University of Maryland.

"Federal Labor Laws"
Article from the Congressional Digest (June-July 1993) briefly describing the major federal labor laws from the Clayton Act (1914) to the Landrum-Griffin Act (1959).

American Labor Sourcebook. Bernard and Susan Rifkin. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1979.
Includes historical information on labor unions, legislation, and court decisions.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HD8072.R53

"Minimum Wage Legislation," IN Growth of Labor Law in the United States. U.S. Department of Labor, 1967, pp.69-97.
Historical development and evolution of federal and state minimum wage legislation.
Dana Call Number: SuDocs L1.2:L41/967

Labor History Links
"This site is the most comprehensive bibliography of information, documents and links of U.S. labor history sites on the internet."

Levitan, Sar A. and Gallo, Frank. "Work and Family: The Impact of Legislation," Monthly Labor Review 113(3), March 1990, 34-40.
"Government policies have both shaped and responded to radical changes in the work experiences of American families...The Government primarily has sought to assist families beset by crises: unemployment, disability or death, old age, and poverty."

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