Saturday, July 4, 2009
From the editors of the Nonprofit Law Prof Blog, we wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July!
At this time, I am reading about the history of charity and philanthropy in America, and the connections between them and civility. Whether you are at the beach or sitting in your favorite chair at home, I highly recommend to you, Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History, edited by Lawrence J. Friedman and Mark D. McGarvie. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. This book provides an interesting survey of charity and philanthropy through the lenses of scholarly historians who attempt to track the evolution of these ideals and practices through time and movements -- gender, race and national origin.