I. SCIENTIFIC PHILANTHROPY
he social work profession was forged in the cauldron of change that was a hallmark of the 19th century. At the beginning of the century, Americans possessed a world view that saw God and religion as both the purpose and cause of most life events. Gradually this view changed, and by the end of the century most Americans had a more secular and humanistic view of the world. Religion was still important but the belief that society could be shaped and even improved through the new discoveries of science and technology was widely accepted. The emergence of social work is a piece of this larger story.
PROGRESS-Trains, the telegraph and industry