Social welfare programs were created to organize resources and focus attention on specific problem areas or to help prevent the deterioration of conditions necessary for the successful functioning of individuals, families and communities. To facilitate handling the wide variety of social welfare programs a number of separate categories have been created for this section of the Web site.

Social Security: An Introduction

“Today a hope of many years’ standing is in large part fulfilled. The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure.  Young people have come to wonder what would be their lot when they came to old age. The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last.”

Women's Suffrage Movement

The beginning of the struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States is usually traced to the “Declaration of Sentiments” produced in 1848 at the first woman’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, N. Y. when a group of abolitionist activists–mostly women, but some men–gathered to discuss the issue of women’s rights.