Social Welfare History

Events

Colonial Period

1600 - 1800

Elizabeth Poor Laws

1601

Welfare Policies that came with the immigrants from England

legislation for disable soldiers

1624

Virginia Colonist passed the 1st legislation recognizing services and need of disabled soldiers and sailors base on special work and contribution to society.

Playmouth relief cases

1642

Playmouth Colony enacts a poor law directs that relief cases to be discussed at town meeting

The Settlem Act

1662

Law of settlement and removal is passed by the English Parliament to prevent movment of indigent groups from parish to parish to search of relief.

Work House Test Act

1697

This act is psse by the English Parliament as a mean of forcing unemployed people to work for relief,

Pre-Civil War Era

1801 - 1860

Indor Relief

1802

Communities created residential institutions or indoor relief houses for the poor, asylums for the people with mental problems and orphanages for children with no parents.

First free school for the deaf

1817

first free school for the deaf, The Gallaudet School is founded in Hartford Conneticut

Institution for the deaf

1882

The first institution for the deaf people is establish in Kentucky.