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American Philanthropy (Chicago History of American Civilization)

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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

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Doing Good in the New World

2. Religious and Revolutionary Humanitarianism

3. Benevolence in the Young Republic

4. Saints and Scolds

5. Civil War Philanthropy

6. "Scientific Philanthropy"

7. Benevolent Trusts and Distrusts

8. The Business of Benevolence and the Industry of Destruction

9. A Time to Remember

10. A Voyage Is Now Proposed

11. Looking Backward, 1980s-1960s

12. Giving for Home and Overseas

13. The Public-Private Partnership

Important Dates

Suggested Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226073255
Editor:
Boor, Daniel J.
Author:
Boor, Daniel J.
Author:
Bremner, Robert H.
Author:
Bremner, Robert Hamlett
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Directories
Subject:
Philanthropy & Charity
Subject:
Charities
Subject:
Voluntarism
Subject:
Philanthropists
Subject:
Philanthropists -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Philanthropists -- United States.
Subject:
Charities -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago History of American Civilization (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 12
Publication Date:
19880631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 halftones
Pages:
294
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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