Widows’ Pensions

  • June Hopkins
Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)


Harry Hopkins defined a good part of his social philosophy during his practical education in social work during the second decade of the twentieth century. Indeed, the design of much of the American welfare system that he helped to formulate after 1933 was cast in New York City from 1913 to 1917. During these years the movement to legislate public pensions for poor, single mothers captured Hopkins’ attention. In New York City widows’ pensions became one of the most important issues for the child-savers and progressive social workers because the movement both reinforced the value placed on home life and reiterated the need for public funding.


Child Welfare Dependent Child Public Pension Private Agency Male Breadwinner 
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