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Maclachlan, H. D. C.

H. D. C. Maclachlan Social reformer, community leader and advocate for juvenile courts Alice W. Campbell   Hugh David Cathcart Maclachlan, D. D. (1869-1929) was born March 16, 1869 in Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland. As a young man, he earned A. M. and B. L. degrees from the University of Glasgow. Then, in 1894, Maclachlan came…

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Negro Visitor in Negro Homes (1919)

A Negro Visitor in Negro Homes The Survey, July 12, 1919 (Vol. 42, Issue 15), 574.   This article reports on the work of Lulu Maxwell, the first African American social worker with the Associated Charities of Minneapolis. Incidents of truancy and delinquency, along with Maxwell’s work with the elderly and orphans are discussed.   …

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Falck, Hans Siegfried (1923 – 2014)

Author of Social Work: The Membership Perspective, Dr. Falck’s greatest contribution to the field was his development of the “Membership Theory” and his study of its implications and consequences for social work practice.

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Pritchard, Marion: Social Worker and Savior of Jews in WW II

The Dutch government surrendered to the Nazis 5 days after the Germans invaded in May, 1940. Millions of Jews, Gypsies, and others were slaughtered, while some Dutch people risked their lives to help the victims….Marion Pritchard was one of the rescuers. She concealed a Jewish family for nearly 3 years and killed a Dutch Nazi policeman to save the children.

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Rankin, Jeannette (1880–1973)

Jeannette Rankin’s life was filled with extraordinary achievements: she was the first woman elected to Congress, one of the few suffragists elected to Congress, and the only Member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in both World War I and World War II. “I may be the first woman member of Congress,” she observed upon her election in 1916. “But I won’t be the last.”1

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Brackett, Jeffery Richardson (1860 – 1949)

In 1904, Bracket was called upon by the presidents of Harvard University and Simmons College to head the Boston School for Social Workers (later the Simmons College School of Social Work), the first academically affiliated school of social work in the United States. He was named Instructor in Charity, Public Aid, and Corrections at Harvard and Professor of Theory and Practice of Philanthropic Work at Simmons College.

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