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Alan MacEachen, Minister of National Health and Welfare in Lester B. Pearson’s government, shown shortly after he introduced the Medical Care Act in July 1966.
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Social worker Eileen Younghusband (1902-1981). . . is in several ways an important part of 20th century social work history. She was active during the most decisive formative decades of the welfare state, contributing significantly – particularly through committee work and reports – to the development of systems and institutions at national level in the UK.
The 20th-century ideas and practices aimed at “improving human stock” known as eugenics were influential across the world, including in Canada. In 1928, the province of Alberta introduced the Sexual Sterilization Act, which promoted the practice of surgical sterilization for those deemed “mental defectives”, a practice in effect until 1972. British Columbia was the only other Canadian province to enact comparable eugenic sterilization legislation, which was in place until 1973. This History has special significance for people with disabilities and others marginalized by eugenic ideas today.
NW corner of the Quadrangle. First home of the school of Social Study and Training.
Sculptor George Segal’s tribute to Depression-era America is on display at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Edwards believed that social work should not be limited to a narrow focus or single discipline, such as psychoanalysis or sociology, but should also encompass political economy, social history, women’s issues, race relations, labor issues, and world affairs.
Still image from a WALB newsfilm clip of Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy leading a kneel-in and being arrested in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July 27