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By Thomas Adam

ISBN-10: 0253002842

ISBN-13: 9780253002846

ISBN-10: 0253352746

ISBN-13: 9780253352743

In 19th-century Leipzig, Toronto, manhattan, and Boston, a newly emergent staff of industrialists and marketers entered into festival with older confirmed elite teams for social attractiveness in addition to cultural and political management. the contest was once performed out at the box of philanthropy, with the North American group accumulating rules from Europe in regards to the institution of cultural and public associations. for instance, to safe financing for his or her new museum, the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of artwork equipped its club and fundraising at the version of German paintings museums. the method of cultural borrowing and intercultural move formed city landscapes with the construction of latest libraries, museums, and social housing initiatives. a big contribution to the fairly new box of transnational historical past, this e-book establishes philanthropy as a major instance of the conversion of financial assets into social and cultural capital.

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The anonymous author of The Tenement Houses of New York City, published in 1891, dealt with the housing problem as if it were an outbreak of the plague: “Healthful homes are required for the physical and moral welfare of the people, and unsanitary homes breed immorality as well as disease. Though these resulting evils affect directly only the residents of the tenement-houses, the remaining population of the city cannot escape. 4 The family, as the perceived essential basic unit of society, needed protection to prevent society from dissolution.

2 Overcrowded tenement buildings with awful sanitary conditions were considered breeding grounds for immorality and moral decay. The housing of the poor was viewed in a broader context and conceptualized as a danger to all members of society. The anonymous author of The Tenement Houses of New York City, published in 1891, dealt with the housing problem as if it were an outbreak of the plague: “Healthful homes are required for the physical and moral welfare of the people, and unsanitary homes breed immorality as well as disease.

Leipzig Art Museum. Photograph by Hermann Walter, ca. 1890. Courtesy of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig. support from wealthy citizens. At the initial meeting in November 1869, a provisional committee of fifty prominent New York citizens was formed. Among its members were William H. Aspinwell, William T. 38 Within this committee a subcommittee of thirteen men under Putnam’s leadership was appointed to prepare a constitution. In May 1870, this association was incorporated and its constitution was published.

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