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Civic GiftsVoluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State$
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Elisabeth S. Clemens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226559360

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226670973.001.0001

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Good Citizens of a World Power

Good Citizens of a World Power

(p.235) 8 Good Citizens of a World Power
Civic Gifts

Elisabeth S. Clemens

University of Chicago Press

The post-war state no longer required large-scale voluntary mobilization. The adoption of a mass income tax secured reliable funding for national government and the ever-increasing technical sophistication of warfare and domestic statecraft made volunteer efforts less useful. But voluntarism remained important as an enactment of a powerful model of good citizenship, one that was particularly important as a legitimation of American political order that could be promoted abroad during the Cold War.

Keywords:   nonprofit organization, Rockefeller Foundation, Cold War

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