1890-1930

(left) Madam C. J. Walker used her philanthropy to support African Americans and fight segregation and racial violence.
Portrait of Madam C. J. Walker, taken in 1915. Courtesy of Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center.
(right) Pin from the charitable organization The Fatherless Children of France, which aided children in France during World War I, 1915-1920.

The Emergence of Modern America

How did Americans in the Progressive Era use philanthropy to address the issues resulting from industrial capitalism, urbanization, and the United States’s increasing role in world affairs?

How did philanthropy impact American lives during World War I?

Madam C. J. Walker & Pin from the charitable organization The Fatherless Children of France

How Evelyn Lauder took on breast cancer at the cosmetics counter

A heart shaped content

A Scout By Any Other Name

Girl Scout uniform

How black Philadelphians fought for soldiers during World War I

An illustration of an African American soldier

Why do we have a National Lace Collection?

Lace with U.S. seal

Madam C. J. Walker’s philanthropy

Portrait of Madam C. J. Walker, taken in 1915

A story in clay: Sara Galner and the Saturday Evening Girls

A blue vase with art nouveau style flowers around the lip.

Showing support for the Great War with knitting needles

Poster with "You can help" and "American Red Cross." Imagine in pencil line drawing of a woman knitting. She sits in a chair, looking at her work.

The delicate "war laces" of World War I

Square shaped lace example, white on black background

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