Benjamin Emanuel Youngdahl


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(1897–1970) Benjamin Emanuel Youngdahl, public welfare administrator, educator, and lecturer, influenced the social work profession as president of the American Association of Schools of Social Work (1947–1948), the American Association of Social Workers (1951–1953), and the National Conference on Social Welfare (1955–1956). Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Youngdahl grew up in a prominent Swedish Lutheran family. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1920, earned an MA from Columbia University, and returned to Gustavus Adolphus as a professor of sociology and economics. A passionate New Dealer, during the Great Depression Youngdahl worked in various Minnesota welfare programs, becoming director of social services for the State Emergency Relief Administration (1933) and director of public assistance under the State Board of Control (1937).


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