Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream

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PublicAffairs, 2011 - Social Science - 333 pages
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America’s founding fathers established an idealistic framework for a bold experiment in democratic governance. The new nation would be built on the belief that “all men are created equal, and are endowed...with a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The challenge of turning these ideals into reality for all citizens was taken up by a set of exceptional American women.

Distinguished scholar and civic leader Claire Gaudiani calls these women “social entrepreneurs,” arguing that they brought the same drive and strategic intent to their pursuit of “the greater good” that their male counterparts applied to building the nation's capital markets throughout the nineteenth century. Gaudiani tells the stories of these patriotic women, and their creation of America's unique not-for-profit, or “social profit” sector. She concludes that the idealism and optimism inherent in this work provided an important asset to the increasing prosperity of the nation from its founding to the Second World War. Social entrepreneurs have defined a system of governance “by the people,” and they remain our best hope for continued moral leadership in the world.

 

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Contents

ONE The American Creed
1
TWO The Women of the New Nation
17
Commercial and Social
29
FOUR Republican Mothers in Action
35
FIVE Social Enterprise and the Founding of
49
SIX A MarketBased Social Enterprise Solution
67
SEVEN The Agonizing Issue of Slavery
75
EIGHT Individualism and Social Profit in
89
NINE Building National Organizations for
113
TEN Investors in Social Profit Enterprise
157
ELEVEN Social Science Social Service and
185
TWELVE Partnerships with the Federal Government
213
Cooperative Individualism
269
Acknowledgments
289
Index
319
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Claire Gaudiani is an expert on the history and economics of American philanthropy. From 2004-2009, she served as clinical professor at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University, where she directed the graduate program in philanthropic studies. From 2001-2004 at the Yale Law School, she wrote The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism. Gaudiani served for 13 years as president of Connecticut College, where she was also professor of French. She is married to David Burnett, PhD, her partner in Gaudiani Associates.

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