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Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History


Lawrence J. Friedman, Robert Gross, Amanda Porterfield, G. J. Barker Benfield, Mark D. McGarvie, Stephen Warren, Wendy Gamber, Roy Kinkenbine, Kathleen McCarthy, Ruth Crocker, Judy Sealander, Emily Rosenberg, David Hammack, Mary Oates, Stephen Whitfield, Gary Hess, Claude Clegg, Peter Hall, William Cohen
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  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603539

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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 organised in groups, frequently defining themselves and their group's role in society in the process.

    • Integrated essays on a growing, interdisciplinary, and diffuse field, that provides an attempt at synthesis
    • Integration of intellectual, cultural, social, and economic histories
    • Thematic approach offered for distilling and understanding 400 years of history
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    'As a volume offering a view of the current 'state of the field', this work is arguably the most important historical study of philanthropy to be published in recent years … Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility should certainly inspire future historians to tackle the topic and, perhaps more important, it will provide practitioners and non-historians with a deeper understanding of the roots of American philanthropy.' Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

    '… the editors have produced a book that reflects the research and thinking of the current generation of American history scholars … The book goes a long way toward addressing the lack of sustained historical research into philanthropy. It shows yet again that Americans saw themselves as co-operative members of groups and societies more than as isolated individuals.' Institute of Historical Research

    '… timely and much needed … a well-designed, perceptive and stimulating book. The volume never loses track of the larger historical context and rarely gets bogged down in overly specialised case studies. Moreover, Friedman and McGarvie avoid the pitfalls of many edited collections …'.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603539
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.634kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: philanthropy in America: historicism and its discontents Lawrence J. Friedman
    Part I. Giving and Caring in Early America, 1601–1861:
    1. Giving in America: from charity to organised philanthropy Robert Gross
    2. Protestant missionaries: pioneers of early American philanthropy Amanda Porterfield
    3. The origins of Anglo-American sensibility G. J. Barker Benfield
    4. The Dartmouth College case and the legal design of American philanthropy Mark McGarvie
    5. Rethinking assimilation: American Indians and the practice of Christianity, 1800–1861 Stephen Warren
    6. Antebellum reform: salvation, self-control, and social transformation Wendy Gamber
    Part II. The Nationalisation and Internationalising of American Philanthropy, 1861–1930:
    7. Law, reconstruction, and African-American education in post-emancipation South Foy Finkenbine
    8. Women and political culture Kathleen McCarthy
    9. From gift to foundation: the philanthropic lives of Mrs Russell Sage Ruth Crocker
    10. 'Curing evils at their source': the arrival of 'scientific giving' Judy Sealander
    11. Missions to the world: philanthropy abroad Emily Rosenberg
    Part III. Philanthropic Reconstructions, 1930–2001:
    12. Failure and resilience: pushing the limits in depression and wartime David Hammack
    13. Faith and good works: catholic giving and taking Mary Oates
    14. In defence of diversity: Jewish thought from assimilation to cultural pluralism Stephen Whitfield
    15. Waging the Cold War in the third world: the foundations and the challenges of development Gary Hess
    16. Philanthropy, the civil rights movement, and the politics of racial reform Claude Clegg
    17. Philanthropy, the welfare state, and the careers of public and private institutions since 1945 Peter Hall
    Epilogue: The European Comparison William Cohen.

  • Editors

    Lawrence J. Friedman, Indiana University
    Lawrence J. Friedman is Professor of History and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University. His publications include Identity's Architect: A Biography of Erik Erikson (1999) and Menninger: The Family and the Clinic (1990).

    Mark D. McGarvie, New York University
    Mark D. McGarvie is the Golieb Fellow in Legal History at the New York University School of Law. He has published in the Journal of College and University Law, Indiana Magazine of History, and Wisconsin Bar Bulletin.


    Lawrence J. Friedman, Robert Gross, Amanda Porterfield, G. J. Barker Benfield, Mark D. McGarvie, Stephen Warren, Wendy Gamber, Roy Kinkenbine, Kathleen McCarthy, Ruth Crocker, Judy Sealander, Emily Rosenberg, David Hammack, Mary Oates, Stephen Whitfield, Gary Hess, Claude Clegg, Peter Hall, William Cohen

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