Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology


Social legislation or those enactments which have the betterment of living conditions for their primary purpose is as old as civilization itself, although for many centuries it was only preventative in its nature. A movement for social justice came with the birth of religious freedom and political liberty. The subject was first approached in a scientific manner in 1911 when the Reader's Guide to periodical literature made the first separate topic of social as distinguished from legislation in general.


Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology of the Municipal University of Omaha