(1900–1951) Harry Cassidy was a prominent Canadian social scientist, social welfare reformer, and social work educator during the 1930s and 1940s. He was a tireless crusader for public social welfare services in Canada and the United States. In 1926 he obtained a PhD in economics from the Robert Brookings Graduate School of Economics and Government, where the basis was laid for his lifelong interest in problems of poverty, living standards, industrial relations, and social legislation. Cassidy's social welfare studies of the early 1930s were among the first Canadian reports on unemployment, housing needs, and labor conditions. His two books, Social Security and Reconstruction in Canada (1943) and Public Health and Welfare Reorganization (1945), were the first to examine in detail Canadian social welfare programs at both the federal and provincial levels.
From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Social Work.