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Hardcover American Creed: Philanthropy and the Rise of Civil Society, 1700-1865 Book

ISBN: 0226561984

ISBN13: 9780226561981

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

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Since the dawn of the republic, faith in social equality, religious freedom, and the right to engage in civic activism have constituted our national creed. In this bracing history, Kathleen D. McCarthy traces the evolution of these ideals, exploring the impact of philanthropy 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.

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