Social Science and Social Reform in the Early Twentieth Century
Greenwald, Maurine , Anderson, Margo
From 1909-1914 the Pittsburgh Survey brought together statisticans, social workers, engineers, lawyers, physicians, economists, and city planners to study the effects of industrialization on the city of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Surveyed examines the accuracy and the impact of the influential Pittsburgh Survey, emphasizing its role in the social reform movement of the early twentieth century.
Maurine W. Greenwald is associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Women, War, and Work: The Impact of World War I on Women Workers in the United States.
Margo Anderson is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and author of The American Census: A Social History.
“It's a must read for anyone interested in the history of Pittsburgh or a better understanding of the social workers, sociologists, and reformers who comprised turn-of-the-century progressivism. Pittsburgh Surveyed is also an exceptionally well-produced volume, nicely designed with high quality graphic presentation.”—Pennsylvania History
"A treasure trove for historians and other social scientists interested in the daily life of working people and the reformers who studied them in the early twentieth century." —Kathryn Kish Sklar
At the beginning of the century, Pittsburgh was the center of one of the nation’s most powerful industries: iron and steel. It was also the site of an unprecedented effort to study the effects of industry on one American city. The Pittsburgh Survey (1909-1914) brought together statisticians, social workers, engineers, lawyers, physicians, economists, labor investigators, city planners, and photographers. They documented Pittsburgh’s degraded environment, corrupt civic institutions, and exploited labor force and made a compelling case - in four books and two collections of articles - for reforming corporate capitolism.
In its literary history and visual power, breadth, and depth, the Pittsburgh Survey remains an undisputed classis of social science research. Like the Lynds’ Middletown studies of the 1920s, the Survey captured the nation’s attention, and Pittsburgh came to symbolize the problems and way of life of industrial America as a whole.
A landmark volume in its own right, this book of thirteen essays examines the accuracy and impact of the Pittsburgh Survey, both on social science as a discipline and on Pittsburgh itself. It also places the Survey firmly in the context of the social reform movement of the early twentieth century.