Social Welfare Policy Of America

1436 WordsNov 9, 20166 Pages
Social welfare policy that is seen throughout America today has roots that are hundreds of years old. The modern policy in America has been based on five fundamental traditions that were brought from Britain when they colonized North America. Those five traditions are Calvinism, Localism, controlling the mobility of the workforce, reliance on poor houses and work houses, and less eligibility. These traditions will be defined and then connected to the influence they have had on the modern American social policy. Calvinism is the first social policy tradition that the British brought to America with them. The idea of Calvinism allowed the poor to be understood per their character. When working hard and prospering an individual was destined to be rich; however, if an individual was poor and suffering that was what they were destined to be. Calvinism brought light to the idea that an individual’s station could be improved if they were hard working and had the capability to save money. While the social mobility was suggested, Calvinism also looked at poverty in a way that had to with the poor individual’s moral failings as the cause of the poverty that the individual experienced (Blau & Abramovitz, 2014). In modern social welfare policy, Calvinism can be seen during President Reagan’s time in office. He saw those that failed and were relying on social welfare programs as getting what they deserve. During his time in office, he condemned most of the social welfare programs,
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