Seasons of Giving
As we head towards the holiday season, BackStory takes a look at the origins and effects of American generosity. When did we start giving to people we’ve never even met? And where does the government fit into all this, anyway?
In this episode, the History Guys will explore giving in American history. From tithing in churches to abolition to robber barons, we’ll look at the origins and unexpected consequences of charity. Who were the “worthy” and “unworthy” poor, and what’s the story behind those tax deductions? Plus, why were so many early charitable organizations concerned with, of all things, funerals?
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