Discussion Post

Readings
From the Social Welfare: A History of American Response to Need text:

From the Capella library:

Read Barrow’s 2007 article, “Forrester Blanchard Washington and His Advocacy for African Americans in the New Deal,” from Social Work, volume 52, issue 3, pages 156–204.

From the Internet:

Visit the Social Security website to read the article, “Historical Background and Development of Social Security,” which describes economic security from the Ancient Greeks, English poor laws, and colonial America, up to the Obama administration.

Optional

You may wish to browse History.com’s New Deal website, featuring the Great Depression, FDR’s New Deal, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Learning Components
This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Apply critical thinking skills in interpreting social welfare policies.
Explain the historical development of governmental response to social justice issues.

The Depression and the New Deal
From this week’s readings, choose one effect of the Great Depression on men of color and women. Discuss one way that the New Deal or The Social Security Act positively affected these groups. How did the Social Security Act lead to a two-class system? Is this benefit still in place today? Why or why not?
Response Guidelines
Respond to at least two of your peers, sharing your causes, effects, and outcomes. Challenge or support the views of your peers respectfully.
Learning Components
This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Describe how policies affect diverse populations.
Explain the historical development of social problems.
Communicate professionally in writing.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.