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date: 16 July 2024

Philanthropy and Philanthropic Foundations. 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Judith SealanderJudith Sealander

John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, dreamed of a “City on a Hill”: an ideal society of Puritan saints imbued with a religious obligation to do good. This vision soon faded with the rise of cities, commerce, and trade, but the idea of the New World as a place where people not only pursued their own interests but also helped others took deep root. In common with the practice of a minority of the rich for centuries, colonial American philanthropy included efforts by the wealthy to create worthy memorials to themselves. When, in ... ...

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