Beyond Affliction: Charity 1820 - 1870

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Charity 1820 - 1870

From 1820 until 1870, disability was largely perceived as an affliction from God, even when natural causes or accidents were apparently responsible. Protestant Americans saw charity or benevolence as an expression of their faith, one of the duties good Christians acted on. Most charitable giving was individual, and managed within the church parish, or by church elders and visitors.

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