chapter  1
INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC THOUGHT
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ITistheopinionofTrevelyanthatoneoftheoutstandingfeatures ofthenineteenthcenturywastheverygreatadvancemadein thesentimentandpracticeofhumanity.1Heclaimsthatour modernloveofliberty,justiceandhumanitycomestousdirect fromtheVictorianage.Itisthepurposeofthisbriefsurveyofthe socialconditionsandmentalclimateoftheearlyVictorianperiod todeterminewhy,inviewofthisgrowthofhumanfeelings, organizedsocialworktookmorethanhalfacenturytodevelop fromthehaphazardcharityandphilanthropyofearliertimes.