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Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream by David Graham Burnett, Claire Gaudiani

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TWELVE
Partnerships with the Federal Government
Democracy is that form of government and spirit among men which actively insists that society must exist to give every human being a fair chance.
—Julia Lathrop, presentation to the National Conference of Social Work, 1919
 
 
 
 
The generation of post–Civil War women social entrepreneurs that included Wald, Kelley, and Addams raised difficult questions about the role of government in the protection of vulnerable citizens. They asked, in effect, whether America’s highly decentralized, laissez faire (hands off) philosophy of governance remained appropriate in a newly urbanized, diversified, and industrialized nation. And they answered their own question with a strong no. The scale and complexity of ...

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