Unsentimental Reformer: The Life Of Josephine Shaw Lowell
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Unsentimental Reformer: The Life Of Josephine Shaw Lowell

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Such was the massive and pitiless industrialization of the nation after the Civil War that Josephine Shaw Lowell (1843-1905) recoiled and sought a new way to approach poverty. She rationalized charity toward hapless families and children in ways that established social responsibility for the welfare of the poor. A Brahmin, member of an illustrious family, sister of the mar...more
Published January 15th 1998 by Harvard University Press
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Rusty Tobin
Nice biography of Josephine Shaw Lowell and the transformations in the perspectives and goals of charity workers between 1860 & 1905. The transition to 'scientific charity' and the relationship to settlement houses is well explained. The author also demonstrates the activities of women reform organizations were in this time period. Primarily an intellectual biography of Lowell, there is enough detail regarding her personal life to create a well rounded view of a dynamic woman who was a leade...more
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