Annals Of Social Work

They were called “friendly visitors” and they indeed visited, but could they really be considered friendly?

The attitude of today’s social workers toward welfare clients is sometimes criticized as callous or patronizing, but compared with their turn-of-the-century counterparts, our current caseworkers are parafions of tact.

Consider, for instance, these comments from case reports of the 1900s: “Woman voted unworthy of help, as she was flashily dressed.” “Man to office for trousers, unappreciative when given shoes.” “A fine, meek family.” Read more »