Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government by Miriam CohenJulia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government by Miriam Cohen

Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government

byMiriam Cohen

Paperback | March 7, 2017

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Julia Lathrop was a social servant, government activist, and social scientist who expanded notions of women's proper roles in public life during the early 1900s. Appointed as chief of the U.S. Children's Bureau, created in 1912 to promote child welfare, she was the first woman to head a United States federal agency. Throughout her life, Lathrop challenged the social norms of the time and became instrumental in shaping Progressive reform. She began her career at Hull House in Chicago, the nation's most famous social settlement, where she worked to improve public and private welfare for poor people, helped establish America's first juvenile court, and pushed for immigrant rights. Lathrop was also co-founder of one of America's first schools of social work. Later in life she became a leader in the League of Women Voters and an advisor on child welfare to the League of Nations.

Following Lathrop's life from her childhood and college education through her social service and government work, this book gives an overview of her enduring contribution to progressive politics, women's employment, and women's education. It also offers a look at how one influential woman worked within the bounds of traditional conventions about gender, race, and class, and also pushed against them.

About the Lives of American Women series:
Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a woman's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a "good read,” featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.
Miriam Cohenis Evalyn Clark Professor of History in the Department of Women's Studies at Vassar College. Her book,Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City(1993, Cornell University Press) was a finalist for the Thomas Znaniecki Prize of the American Sociological Association. Her specialties include the histo...
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Title:Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive GovernmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081334803X

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Childhood and Education at Vassar: New Paths and Old Traditions
Chapter 2: Single Womanhood and A New Life at Hull House
Chapter 3: Hull House Years: Women, Social Research, and Progressive Reform
Chapter 4: Hull House Years: Social Service and Progressive State Government
Chapter 5: Social Service and Progressive Government: Building Juvenile Justice in Illinois
Chapter 6: The Social Servant Goes to Washington: Directing the US Children’s Bureau
Chapter 7: Building National Progressive Government in Washington: Maternal and Infant Care
Chapter 8: Social Service, Progressive Politics, and the Woman’s Vote
Chapter 9: Social Service, Progressive Politics, and Women’s Rights: Women’s Employment and Women’s Education for a New Generation
Chapter 10: Retirement in Rockford: Old Traditions and New Paths: What was traditional and what was new about the life of Julia Lathrop

Primary Sources
Study Questions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

“These books are, above all, fascinating stories that will engage and inspire readers. They offer a glimpse into the lives of key women in history who either defied tradition or who successfully maneuvered in a man's world to make an impact. The stories of these vital contributors to American history deliver just the right formula for instructors looking to provide a more complicated and nuanced view of history.”—Rosanne Lichatin, 2005 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America History Teacher of the Year“Students both in the general survey course and in specialized offerings like my course on U.S. women's history can get a great understanding of an era from a short biography. Learning a lot about a single but complex character really helps to deepen appreciation of what women's lives were like in the past.”—Patricia Cline Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara“Biographies are, indeed, back. Not only will students read them, biographies provide an easy way to demonstrate particularly important historical themes or ideas. . . . Undergraduate readers will be challenged to think more deeply about what it means to be a woman, citizen, and political actor. . . . I am eager to use this in my undergraduate survey and specialty course.”—Jennifer Thigpen, Washington State University, Pullman