American Creed: Philanthropy and the Rise of Civil Society, 1700-1865 / Edition 1

American Creed: Philanthropy and the Rise of Civil Society, 1700-1865 / Edition 1

by Kathleen D. McCarthy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226562018

ISBN-13: 9780226562018

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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
 
“While her riveting history of civil society from the founding to the Civil War focuses on philanthropy and religion, it is laced with keen insights into the place of civil disorder, repression, chivalry, and feminism in the American social order. This is history at its best. A work that is truly pertinent to our times.”—Benjamin Barber
 

 
 

 
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226562018
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: The Rise of Civil Society
Chapter 1: Forging the Creed
Chapter 2:The Feminization of Republicanism
Chapter 3: The Legacy of Disestablishment
Chapter 4: The Geography of Generosity
Chapter 5: Race, Religion, and Reform
Part II: Testing the Faith
Chapter 6: The Jacksonian Backlash
Chapter 7: Civil Society/Civil Disorder
Chapter 8: The Politics of Chivalry
Conclusion: Civil Society and the Civil War
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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