Complex Cloth is a research and teaching project that explores local Athens’ manufacturing and social work histories–and investigates the connections between them. Resources for further exploration are included here.

Teaching Social Work’s Hard Histories

The following works may be useful to begin an exploration of social work’s hard histories:

Abramovitz, M., Toft, J., & Ginzky, K.E. (2022). Red scares, political repression and social work: Why now? [Annotated bibliography]. Social Welfare History Group: Bibliography of Scholarship in Social Welfare History (#102–1).

Cariton-LaNey, I., & Hodges, V. (2004). African American reformers’ mission: Caring for our girls and women. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work19(3), 257–272.

Canadian Association of Social Workers (2019) Statement of Apology and Commitment to Reconciliation. CASW-ACTS.

Chapman, C. & Withers, A. J. (2019). A violent history of benevolence : Interlocking oppression in the moral economies of social working. University of Toronto Press.

Ernst, J. S. (2022). Historical content in the social work curriculum: The value of local history. Social Work Education, 1–12.

Fortier, C., & Hon-Sing Wong, E. (2019). The settler colonialism of social work and the social work of settler colonialism. Settler Colonial Studies9(4), 437–456.

Harty, J. S. (2020). Black contributions to mutual aid, social welfare, and social work: Supplementary reading guide.

Ioakimidis, V., & Trimikliniotis, N. (2020). Making sense of social work’s troubled past: Professional identity, collective memory and the quest for historical justice. British Journal of Social Work50(6), 1890–1908.

McPherson, J. (2023). Social work’s complex cloth: Teaching hard history in an antebellum cotton mill. Critical and Radical Social Work.

McRae, E. G. (2018). Mothers of massive resistance : White women and the politics of White supremacy. Oxford University Press.

Park, Y. (2008). Facilitating injustice: Tracing the role of social workers in the world war II internment of Japanese Americans. Social Service Review82(3), 447–483.

Wenocur, S., & Reisch, M. (1989). From charity to enterprise : The development of American social work in a market economy. University of Illinois Press.

References and Reading on Athens, Georgia

Multiple scholars and chroniclers are cited over the breadth of this website and their works are listed below.

Buckingham, J. S. (1842). The slave states of America. Fisher, Son.

Carlisle, O. B. (2003) Robert Lee Bloomfield of Athens: 1827-1916. Athens Historian, Volume 8. Athens Historical Society.

Coulter, E. M. (1928). College life in the old South. The MacMillan Company.

De Vorsey, L. (1979). Early water-powered industries in Athens Clarke County. Papers of Athens Historical Society, Volume 2. Athens Historical Society.

Easom, M. P. & Arnold, P. H. (2019). Across the river: The peoples, places, and culture of East Athens. Sheridan Publishing.

Gagnon, M. J. (2000). Industry and discord in confederate Athens. Athens Historian, Volume 5. Athens Historical Society.

Gagnon, M. J. (2012). Transition to an industrial South: Athens, Georgia, 1830–1870. LSU Press.

Hull, A. L. (1906). Annals of Athens, Georgia, 1801-1901, with an introductory sketch by Dr. Henry Hull. Digital Library of Georgia.

Hull, A. L. (1894). A historical sketch of the University of Georgia. Digital Library of Georgia.

Reason, A. (2019). Heritage and hate: Teaching confederate monuments with archives. Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, 5(2).

Tate, S.F.B. (1996). Remembering Athens. Athens Historical Society.

Thurmond, M. L. (2019). A story untold: Black men and women in Athens history (3rd ed.). Deeds Publishing.

Whitehead, H.T. (2021). Giving voice to Linnentown. Tiny Tots & Tikes Publishing.

Additional Resources

There are many websites and archives that hold materials relevant to this project, including: