American Philanthropy

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1988 - History - 291 pages
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In this revised and enlarged edition of his classic work, Robert H. Bremner provides a social history of American philanthropy from colonial times to the present, showing the ways in which Americans have sought to do good in such fields as religion, education, humanitarian reform, social service, war relief, and foreign aid. Three new chapters have been added that concisely cover the course of philanthropy and voluntarism in the United States over the past twenty-five years, a period in which total giving by individuals, foundations, and corporations has more than doubled in real terms and in which major revisions of tax laws have changed patterns of giving. This new edition also includes an updated chronology of important dates, and a completely revised bibliographic essay to guide readers on literature in the field.

"[This] book, as Bremner points out, is not encyclopedic. It is what he intended it to be, a pleasant narrative, seasoned with humorous comments, briefly but interestingly treating its principal persons and subjects. It should serve teacher and student as a springboard for further study of individuals, institutions and movements."—Karl De Schweinitz, American Historical Review

"[American Philanthropy] is the starting point for both casual readers and academic scholars. . . . a readable book, important beyond its diminutive size."—Richard Magat, Foundation News

 

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Contents

Introduction
2
Doing Good in the New World
6
Religious and Revolutionary Humanitarianism
20
Benevolence in the Young Republic
41
Saints and Scolds
56
Civil War Philanthropies
73
Scientific Philanthropy
86
Benevolent Trusts and Distrusts
101
A Time to Remember
137
A Voyage Is Now Proposed
157
Looking Backward 1980s1960s
178
Giving for Home and Overseas
190
The PublicPrivate Partnership
202
Important Dates
218
Suggested Reading
238
Index
270

The Business of Benevolence and the Industry of Destruction
117

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About the author (1988)

Robert H. Bremner, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University, is the author of From the Depths: The Discovery of Poverty in the United States and The Public Good: Philanthropy and Welfare in the Civil War Era.

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