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Pittsburgh Surveyed: Social Science Reform in the Early Twentieth Centuryby Maurine W. Greenwald
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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.
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Thirteen essays examine the accuracy and impact of the Pittsburg Survey (1909-1914)--in which statisticians, social workers, engineers, lawyers, physicians, economists, labor investigators, city planners, and photographers documented Pittsburg's degraded environment, corrupt civic institutions, and exploited labor force and made a compelling case for reforming corporate capitalism. The authors place this undisputed classic of social science research firmly in the context of the social reform movement of the early 20th century.
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"Like the original Pittsburgh Survey, Pittsburgh Surveyed is 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, author of Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: the Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900
The Pittsburgh Survey of 1909 to 1914 was a study to show the effects of heavy industry on one American city. This text of 13 essays examines the accuracy and impact of the Pittsburgh Survey, both on social science as a discipline and on Pittsburgh itself.
Table of Contents
The Pittsburgh survey in historical perspective / Margo Anderson and Maurine W. Greenwald — The social survey movement and early twentieth-century sociological methodology / Martin Bulmer — The Pittsburgh survey and the survey movement : an episode in the history of expertise / Stephen Turner — The failure of fair wages and the death of labor republicanism : the ideological legacy of the Pittsburgh survey / Steven R. Cohen — The Pittsburgh survey and greater Pittsburgh : a muddled metropolitan geography / Edward K. Muller — Seeking the meaning of life : the Pittsburgh survey and the family / S.J. Kleinberg — Does the evidence support the argument? Margaret Byington's cost of living survey of homestead / Margo Anderson — Visualizing Pittsburgh in the 1900s : art and photography in the service of social reform / Maurine W. Greenwald — Civic leaders and environmental reform : the Pittsburgh survey and urban planning / John F. Bauman and Margaret Spratt — The Pittsburgh survey as an environmental statement / Joel A. Tarr — The spirit of '92 : popular opposition in Homestead's politics and culture, 1892, 1937 / Richard Oestreicher — Optimism, dilemmas, and progress : the Pittsburgh survey and Black Americans / Laurence A. Glasco — The immigrants pictured and unpictured in the Pittsburgh survey / Ewa Morawska.
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