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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 25, 2012

THE FEDERAL CHILDREN’S BUREAU AND ITS FIRST DIRECTOR

JAMA. 2012;307(16):1676. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.496

An act creating a Child Welfare Bureau was recently placed, with the President's approval, on our national statute-books. This legislation had been earnestly and continuously advocated for several years by progressive men and women, and during its pendency in Congress no reasonable argument was ever advanced against it. Certain conservative statesmen were shocked that “children were to be treated like pigs,” but they were silenced by the retort of the more enlightened that, as a matter of fact, pigs were being better treated by the federal government than children, since the government has for years gathered and disseminated information concerning the welfare of pigs, but the questions relating to the life, health and welfare of children it has left almost untouched.

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