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From charity to social work : Mary E. Richmond and the creation of an American profession

Author: Elizabeth N Agnew
Publisher: Urbana [Ill.] : University of Illinois Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mary E. Richmond (1861-1928) was a contemporary of Jane Addams and an influential leader in the American charity organization movement. In this biography - the first in-depth study of Richmond's life and work - Elizabeth N. Agnew examines the contributions of this important, if hitherto under-valued, woman to the field of charity and to its development into professional social work." "Orphaned at a young age and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Biographie (Descripteur de forme)
Biographies
Named Person: Mary Ellen Richmond; Richmond, Mary Ellen <1861-1928>; Mary Ellen Richmond; Mary Ellen Richmond; Mary Ellen Richmond; Mary Ellen Richmond; Mary Ellen Richmond
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth N Agnew
ISBN: 0252028759 9780252028755
OCLC Number: 51848398
Description: xi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: A craving for friendship --
Literature, the social gospel, and the work of charity --
Organized charity, friendly visiting, and the social settlements --
Families and the circle of reform --
Shaping a civic profession --
A profession in transition : social work in the great war and beyond --
Conclusion : a pioneer and her legacy.
Other Titles: Mary E. Richmond and the creation of an American profession
Responsibility: Elizabeth N. Agnew.
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Examines the development of modern social work from its roots in late 19th Century charity through the 1920's, focusing on the life and leadership of Mary E Richmond. This work highlights the  Read more...

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