Lessons from researching charity in Georgian times

A new feature article on Voluntary Action History Society’s web pages, ‘Charity in the Georgian Era: Lessons for Today?‘.

A couple of slightly random quotes:

In the eighteenth century, people were divided about whether the upsurge of charitable activity was evidence of nationwide benevolence or the social fabric coming apart.

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The Georgian era teaches us, finally, that despite repeated warnings not to give money to beggars in the street, for many the face-to-face, individual encounter remains at the mystical heart of what true charity means.