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American Creed
Author: Kathleen D. McCarthy

ISBN: 9780226562018
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 17 August 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3 x 1.8
Description:
In this bracing history, Kathleen D. McCarthy explores the impact of philanthropy--both giving and volunteerism--on America from 1700 to 1865. What results is a vital reevaluation of public life during the pivotal decades leading up to the Civil War. By exploring the relationships between the market, the state, and the voluntary sphere, McCarthy demonstrates how these elements interacted to change our government--and the course of history. Donors, volunteers, and 'nonprofit entrepreneurs' all left a distinctive imprint on American charities, educational patronage, struggles against slavery and racism, female campaigns for equality, and wartime imperatives. In the process, McCarthy uncovers the pivotal role of philanthropy in the story of America's continuous pursuit to fulfill our founding ideals.
"A tour de force. . . . Modern donors] should all read "American Creed" to be reminded of the traditional impulses and motives that inspired earlier American philanthropists, large and small, to use their money aggressively in the creation and defense of social justice."--Mark Dowie, "Los Angeles"" Times"
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