Captains of Charity

New Book by Mary Eyring

In this thematically rich book, Captains of Charity, Mary Kathleen Eyring examines authors whose writings were connected with their charitable endeavors, which addressed the worst by-products of the brisk maritime commerce in Atlantic seaport cities in the first half of the nineteenth century. She argues that charitable institutions and societies emerged in this era because they captured and contained the discontent of imperiled and impoverished groups, thereby effectively thwarting the development of a revolutionary class in America.

Laborers in Atlantic port cities barred from lucrative professions by gender, race, physical ability, or social status transformed the nature of American benevolence and gave rise to the nonprofit sector, which has since its inception provided discontented laborers with a forum in which to express their critique of for-profit American enterprise, by imitating it.

We congratulate Dr. Eyring on the publication of her book.

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