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Social Welfare and Visual Politics
The Story of Survey Graphic

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Introduction


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From its earliest days, but particularly after it added "Graphic" to "Survey" as its title in 1921, and until it ceased publication in 1952, Paul Kellogg's journal presented articulate yet accessible illustrated feature essays covering a wide range of important social issues, including race, anti-semitism, housing, labor, educational reform, and nutrition, to name a few. In its coverage of the 1930s it featured the writings of Harold L. Ickes, Paul Taylor, Alain Locke, John Dewey, Henry A. Wallace, Louis Adamic, Frances Perkins, and many others.

In her essay Social Welfare and Visual Politics: The Story of Survey Graphic, which traces the journal's origins from the progressive social reformers of an earlier generation, Professor Cara Finnegan writes:

Though they languish in libraries today, largely unread, The Survey and Survey Graphic were important outlets for progressive thought and had substantial influence on public policy in their own time. Today, the journals offer unique access to documents and images that chronicle the rise and fall of a dynamic social progressivism that has formed an important strand of thought in American political culture.
The New Deal Network is pleased to present this online collection of seventy-seven articles from Survey Graphic as well as selections of articles from Survey Midmonthly, which was published on an every-other-issue basis with the Graphic from 1923 through 1948. We hope to continue to add to this collection, so that we may bring this valuable resource documenting the social upheavals of the 1930s to a new and wider audience.

This site consists of Professor Finnegan's Essay, an Index to Online Articles from The Survey and Survey Graphic, and a collection of Online Resources concerning the history of social welfare in the United States.


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