Excerpt from Journal of Social Science: October, 1891
A quarter of a century has now passed since the founding of the American Social Science Association. It was organized so mod estly that very few people knew of it during the first three years of its existence; but those years were used with good effect, and its Albany meeting, in 1869, seemed to all of us who were present a remarkable success. Very vividly do I recall that gathering at Albany, when Henry Villard presented his view of the scope of the society, and Horace Greeley proposed his Plan for popularizing its results. The public at large seemed indifferent: it is quite likely that the name Social Science created distrust.
May I be pardoned for a purely personal reminiscence? I give it because it serves to prove that this want of effect among the people was rather apparent than real, and to show how such an Association as ours is likely to affect the country at large.
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