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

Kathleen D. McCarthy


Since the dawn of the republic, faith in social equality, religious freedom, and the right to engage in civic activism have constituted the national creed of the United States. This book 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. The market revolution, participatory democracy, and voluntary associations have all been closely linked since the birth of the United States. This book explores the relationships amon ... More

Keywords: republic, social equality, religious freedom, civic activism, philanthropy, volunteerism, United States, women, African Americans, economic development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226561981
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226561998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen D. McCarthy, author