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January 16, 1937

Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work [Formerly National Conference of Charities and Corrections] at the Sixty-Third Annual Session Held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 18-23, 1936

JAMA. 1937;108(3):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780030070032

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Papers included in these proceedings furnish a cross section of the current opinion of social service workers. The attitude of approach is suggested in the presidential address of Mgr. Robert F. Keegan, who says:

Today deeply disturbed voices are protesting that freedom without security is a hollow mockery, that the door of individual opportunity is rapidly closing, and that economic slavery is descending upon large masses of our people. We may not subscribe to this thinking but we cannot ignore it.

It may be significant that there are more papers on the importance of individual, personal contacts through case work than have appeared in the reports of similar conferences for several years. At the same time there is a constantly reiterated demand for more extensive governmental action in the direction of social security, the extension of public relief, and work for the unemployed. There is repeated recognition of the fundamental

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