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The Other Social Work Root: Lessons From the Past


AUTHOR William L. Pollard
TITLE The Other Social Work Root: Lessons From the Past
COPYRIGHT May 1, 2007
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William Pollard took a historical look at what he termed as the other social work root: the period of the settlement movement and the impulse toward reform and change that characterized the progressive era and the New South period in the years between 1880 and 1915. Using “eggs” as a metaphor for values, Pollard asked his audience to envision these eggs as representative of values which can make a difference in the lives of the students we teach and ultimately the people we serve. In describing these eggs of advocacy, inquisitiveness, self-help, anti-racism, caring, and vision, he gives an overview of the contributions of African American and other progressive movement pioneers. This era of major change was due to the country’s grappling with matters of race and poverty—the same issues that will again need to be addressed as we enter the 21st Century.