Summer 2020 Educator Guide - The Travelers Aid Society
The Beginnings of Social Work
In his article for this issue of New York Archives Magazine, Eric Cimino explores how the Travelers Aid Society served as an early form of social aid for women in New York. Many threats existed for women of all races, ethnicities, and religions as they traveled to the United States during the early 1900s. Cimino mined the archives to tell the story of an organization established to help female travelers reach their destination safely. As students read this article, they will discover the ways individuals can help create a safer community by identifying a need and creating a solution to the problem.
Compelling Question: How can individuals help to solve the problems they see in society?
Setting the Stage:View this video from pbslearningmedia.org and discuss the idea of “social work” as it relates to the Orphan Train Movement.
Guided Reading Questions
1. What was the purpose of the Travelers Aid Society?
2. Why was the Travelers Aid Society created?
3. Who did the Travelers Aid Society help?
4. Who worked for the Travelers Aid Society?
5. List two specific ways the Travelers Aid Society helped individuals in the early 1900s?
6. How was the Travelers Aid Society an early form of social work?