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Conflict and Humanitarianism

Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon of Philadelphia & Bowl of Rice Party banner, 1940
(left) Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon of Philadelphia.
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
(right) Bowl of Rice Party banner, 1940
Gift of Daniel Ostroff

War has often catalyzed developments in American giving, just as it has in other countries. Various American wars have reshaped Americans’ ideas of moral responsibility and their practices of philanthropy.

Pin, Fatherless Children of France Society, 1915-1920
Pin, Fatherless Children of France Society, 1915-1920
This group was established to unite French orphans with American "godparents" through charitable giving. 

Our resources explore a range of American experiences during various wars. We have launched a collecting initiative focused on war and Latino philanthropy and will add more resources as our collection develops.

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