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Noblesse oblige : charity & cultural philanthropy in Chicago, 1849-1929

Author: Kathleen D McCarthy
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focuses on three areas of philanthropic endeavor that previously have received little scholarly attention: family welfare, medical charities, and cultural institutions. Traces the course of charity through the activities of four philanthropic generations of civil stewards: the volunteers of the 1850s, Gilded Age plutocrats, progressive iconoclasts, and Jazz Age donors. Traces the complex transition from a service  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen D McCarthy
ISBN: 0226555801 9780226555805
OCLC Number: 8034908
Description: xiii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Kathleen D. McCarthy.

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Focuses on three areas of philanthropic endeavor that previously have received little scholarly attention: family welfare, medical charities, and cultural institutions. Traces the course of charity through the activities of four philanthropic generations of civil stewards: the volunteers of the 1850s, Gilded Age plutocrats, progressive iconoclasts, and Jazz Age donors. Traces the complex transition from a service ethic to a leisure ethic in the decades before the Great Depression.

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