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Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History

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ISBN-10: 052181989X

ISBN-13: 9780521819893

Edition: 2003

Authors: Lawrence J. Friedman, Mark D. McGarvie

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The study of philanthropy has transcended the structure of traditional disciplines, often involving non-historians in historical analysis. This book presents professional historians addressing the dominant issues and theories offered to explain the history of American philanthropy and its role in American society. The essays develop and enlighten the major themes proposed by the book's editors, in some instances taking issue with each other in the process. The overarching premise is that philanthropic activity in America has its roots in the desires of individuals to impose their visions of societal ideals or conceptions of truth upon their society. To do so, they have organized in groups,…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/9/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Introduction: philanthropy in America: historicism and its discontents
Giving and Caring in Early America, 1601-1861
Giving in America: from charity to organized philanthropy
Protestant missionaries: pioneers of early American philanthropy
The origins of Anglo-American sensibility
The Dartmouth College case and the legal design of American philanthropy
Rethinking assimilation: American Indians and the practice of Christianity, 1800-1861
Antebellum reform: salvation, self-control, and social transformation
The Nationalization and Internationalizing of American Philanthropy, 1861-1930
Law, reconstruction, and African-American education in post-emancipation South
Women and political culture
From gift to foundation: the philanthropic lives of Mrs Russell Sage
'Curing evils at their source': the arrival of 'scientific giving'
Missions to the world: philanthropy abroad
Philanthropic Reconstructions, 1930-2001
Failure and resilience: pushing the limits in depression and wartime
Faith and good works: catholic giving and taking
In defense of diversity: Jewish thought from assimilation to cultural pluralism
Waging the Cold War in the third world: the foundations and the challenges of development
Philanthropy, the civil rights movement, and the politics of racial reform
Philanthropy, the welfare state, and the careers of public and private institutions since 1945
Epilogue: The European Comparison