Mrs. Russell Sage: Women's Activism and Philanthropy in Gilded Age and Progressive Era America

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Indiana University Press, Nov 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 552 pages
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This is the biography of a ruling-class woman who created a new identity for herself in Gilded Age and Progressive Era America. A wife who derived her social standing from her robber-baron husband, Olivia Sage managed to fashion an image of benevolence that made possible her public career. In her husband's shadow for 37 years, she took on the Victorian mantle of active, reforming womanhood. When Russell Sage died in 1906, he left her a vast fortune. An advocate for the rights of women and the responsibilities of wealth, for moral reform and material betterment, she took the money and put it to her own uses. Spending replaced volunteer work; suffrage bazaars and fundraising f√ates gave way to large donations to favorite causes. As a widow, Olivia Sage moved in public with authority. She used her wealth to fund a wide spectrum of progressive reforms that had a lasting impact on American life, including her most significant philanthropy, the Russell Sage Foundation.

 

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Contents

1 Slocums Jermains Piersonsand a Sage
13
Troy Female Seminary 18461847
31
18471858
45
18581869
67
5 The Work of Benevolence? Mrs Russell Sage the Carlisle School and Indian Reform
85
Negotiating Identities at the NewYork Womans Hospital
105
The Emma Willard Association and Educated Womanhood 18911898
127
8 Converted Parlor Suffrage and After
151
12 Women and educationthere is the key
238
E Lilian Todd and the Origins of Russell Sage College 1916
259
14 Splendid Donation
270
15 Send what Miss Todd thinks best
294
Conclusion
312
Abbreviations
317
Notes
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Select Bibliography
485

Mrs Russell Sage Patriot 18971906
169
10 A kind of oldage freedom
193
1907
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Ruth Crocker is Professor of History at Auburn University and author of Social Work and Social Order: The Settlement Movement in Two Industrial Cities, 1889--1930.

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