Welfare Reform signed into law

On August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act into law. The Act fundamentally reformed the American welfare system, putting an emphasis on work requirements for those receiving federal assistance. The new law also limited most recipients to no more than 5 years on welfare and shifted money provided to states to the form of block grants, which the states could use to set their own criteria for welfare recipients.

Learn more
about welfare reform from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

First Geneva Convention signed

On August 22, 1864, twelve nations signed the first Geneva Convention protecting vulnerable persons in times of conflict.

Review the text of the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field and learn more about the modern Geneva Conventions from the American Red Cross.

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