Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

A number of people and institutions offered invaluable support as I wrote this book. My first thanks go to Nicole Tonkovich, whose insights and interest shaped the project from beginning to end. I dream of being the kind of mentor for even one student that she has been for hundreds...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-18

As unemployment surged and the stock market plunged during America’s recession of 2007–2009, the nonprofit sector demonstrated stunning resilience. In a study of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics spanning the first decade of the twenty-first century, researchers from Johns Hopkins...

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1. “To be the medium of her charity” Narratives of Vicarious Charity from Philadelphia’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

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pp. 19-64

Critics have called Arthur Mervyn a voyeur, an opportunist, an agent of social reform, a capitalist, and a “[field] through which sociohistorical forces collide,”1 but none have remarked on the role he most consistently performs as the eponymous protagonist of Charles Brockden Brown’s eighteenth-century...

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2. Atlantic Publishing and Pathos: Literary Support for the Education of Maritime Laborers at America’s First Schools for the Deaf

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pp. 65-106

Philadelphia’s yellow fever epidemic of 1793 forced port cities around the Atlantic to acknowledge the potentially deadly downside of robust commerce and accessibility to a host of other maritime communities. Despite a quarantine against all Philadelphia vessels, New York City experienced...

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3. The Economics of Evangelizing: Missionary Labor in A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince

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pp. 107-146

In the preface to the 1853 edition of her autobiography, A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince, Nancy Gardner Prince describes a limited universe of options in the face of her own physical disability.1 “ There are many benevolent societies for the support of Widows, but I am desirous...

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4. The Profits of Maritime Benevolence: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Work of the Charitable Woman Writer

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pp. 147-178

Sarah Josepha Buell Hale was a forty-year-old widowed mother of five, supplementing her income as a milliner with profits from her forays into literary production, when an offer to edit American Ladies’ Magazine in 1827 gave her the chance to focus her efforts and extend her professional horizons...

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Conclusion. Charitable Currents

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pp. 179-192

Students of the current nonprofit landscape take note of a striking fact: “Seven out of 10 nonprofit workers are women,” as Kristen Joiner writes. The history of women dominating the space persists into the present. So, too, does a complicated relationship among gender, class, capital, and for-profit...

Notes

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pp. 193-236

Bibliography

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pp. 237-258

Index

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pp. 259-266