9781480844179-1480844179-Grappling with Legacy: Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse

Grappling with Legacy: Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse

ISBN-13: 9781480844179
ISBN-10: 1480844179
Author: Brown, Sylvia
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: ArchwayPublishing
Format: Paperback 454 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781480844179
ISBN-10: 1480844179
Author: Brown, Sylvia
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: ArchwayPublishing
Format: Paperback 454 pages

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Acknowledged authors Brown, Sylvia wrote Grappling with Legacy: Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse comprising 454 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1480844179 and 9781480844179. Since then Grappling with Legacy: Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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“This is a fascinating and intellectually honest work about a remarkable family that has played a major role in the history of Providence and Rhode Island. Sylvia Brown has made a tremendous contribution in writing this wonderful book. It is clearly a labor of love, and we should all be grateful to her for it.”

– Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation

of New York, former President of Brown University

“A splendid work of history---an honest, clearly written, and solidly based account of the private and public lives through four centuries of one of America’s most important and fascinating families.”

– Gordon Wood, Pulitzer Prize for History, Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University

What fuels a family’s compulsion for philanthropy? Self-interest? A feeling of guilt? A sense of genuine altruism? Charitable giving is such an intrinsic part of American culture that its story deserves to be told, not in a dry, academic tome but through the tale of a colorful, multifaceted family.

Since 1638, the Browns of Rhode Island have provided community leaders in one of the nation’s most idiosyncratic states. In the 18th century, they excelled at maritime commerce, were pioneers of the American industrial revolution, and adorned their hometown of Providence with public buildings, churches, and a university. In the 19th century, they pioneered the modern notion that universities can be forces for social good. And, in the 20th century, they sought to transform the human experience through great art and architecture. Over three hundred years, the Browns also wrestled with society’s toughest issues–slavery, immigration, child labor, the dispossessed–and with their own internal family tensions.

Author Sylvia Brown tells the story of the ten generations of Browns that came before her with warmth and lucidity. Today, in an era of wealth creation and philanthropic innovation not seen since the Gilded Age, Grappling with Legacy provides fascinating insights into a unique aspect of America’s heritage.

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