By Udo Sautter

This publication describes the start and improvement of unemployment reform till the recent Deal. by reason of huge scale industrialization after the Civil warfare, joblessness may well now not be understood to be attributable to a personality illness, yet needed to be ascribed to societal forces. It grew to become transparent to the involved that conventional remedial measures couldn't competently do something about the matter. by the point of the access of the USA into international conflict I reformist considering had devised the key tools that have been later hired in facing unemployment. After the battle and through many of the Nineteen Twenties those tools underwent thorough exam and refinement, and the early years of the nice melancholy observed their tentative use. on the eve of the hot Deal a good reasoned and experimentally attempted team of social tools was once to be had. The e-book primarily refutes a social keep watch over cause of this method and stresses the revolutionary motivation of the reformers concerned.

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Heber Newton advocated government aid to cope with unemployment. Ely requested that the state assume the responsibility for public employment offices and emergency work and that it perhaps even guarantee the right to a job. A decade later, Gladden wanted the state to find creative remedies for unemployment and to remove the structural roots of destitution. Similar ideas were held by 16 On the agitation for bureaus of labor at the time see John Lombardi, Labor's Voice in the Cabinet: A History of the Department of Labor from Its Origins to 1921 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1942), 15-43.

A set of resolutions urged the federal and state governments to take action. Andrews found reasons to consider the proceedings a success. Over 2,000 people had attended a big public meeting at Cooper Union and, as he happily reported to IAU headquarters in Paris, "newspapers throughout the United States," among them the New York Times•, had given the affair welcome exposure. "27 The downturn in the economy during 1914, aggravated by the outbreak of the war in Europe, rendered the unemployment problem even more Association for Labor Legislation, and Unemployment Reform, 1914-1929," 1-23 gives a factual summary of the subsequent involvement of the AALL in unemployment reform.

Andrews, "Introductory Note," ALLR 5:2 (June 1915), 168. Perceiving the problem 31 dominated the proceedings. 30 Meanwhile, the AALL kept working at that problem in its own way. The misery of the winter of 1914-15 was deep and extensive enough to warrant a further large-scale enterprise. "In order that [its] painful lessons . . may be utilized and not forgotten," the association undertook a survey of what had been done in 115 American communities, including the principal cities. The result was a report of some 120 pages, outlining the distressing inadequacy of the prevailing relief system.

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