First published in 1905, this book charts the history of English philanthropy from the Elizabethan period through to the nineteenth century. In doing so, Benjamin Kirkman Gray posed some important questions about modern philanthropy, and reflected on the meaning and worth of philanthropy. Through historical study, the author discussed this complex question, which, in a time before the development of the British welfare state, was particularly topical.
This book will be of interest to those studying the history of philanthropy, social welfare and poverty.
Table of Contents
1. Charity and the Elizabethan Poor Law 2. Charity in the Early Part of the Seventeenth Century 3. Philanthropy under Puritans 4. A Fresh Starting Point 5. Elementary Education and Child Labour 6. Hospitals in the Eighteenth Century 7. Other Philanthropic Associations 8. The Philanthropist as Agitator 9. The Adult Poor in the Eighteenth Century 10. Village Charities 11. Revolution: Thrift and Soup 12. Characteristics of Eighteenth Century Philanthropy 13. Looking towards the Nineteenth Century – Conclusion; Index