Remaking America: How the Benevolent Traditions of Many Cultures Are Transforming Our National Life (JOSSEY BASS NONPROFIT & PUBLIC MANAGEMENT SERIES)

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This landmark book uncovers the long history and rich traditions of giving among people of color.

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In Remaking America, renowned nonprofit executive and author James A. Joseph uncovers the long history and rich traditions of giving among people of color. Focusing on four communities--Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos--Joseph draws compelling portraits of cultural heroes and heroines who personify the benevolent nature of their unique heritages. The author maintains that by understanding and affirming these traditions, we can form a new vision of the larger American community based on shared values, universal compassion, and a new spirituality.In this landmark book, the author identifies, analyzes, and compares the charitable traditions of America's minority populations. He reveals that despite their cultural differences, each of the four groups studied has a legacy of self-help and voluntarism and there is a commonly held consensus about the relationship between the individual and society. The book also explores how minorities have used the space between government and business to improve their predicament and to provide a sense of dignity and meaning.With the use of illustrative personal accounts, the author offers a remarkable overview of the distinctive traditions and customs that have helped to shape the charitable practices of various ethnic groups. He describes how the influence of Native American culture helped shaped the early American vision of community, and he examines why political philosophers perceived the Indian tribes to be a model of social organization, benevolence, and communal life. The author traces African American tradition through the communal ethic of the slave quarters, the black church, black voluntary associations, and protest politics. And Joseph demonstrates the differences among Asian Americans weith stories of role models from the Japanese-American, Chinese-American, Korean-American, and Vietnamese-American communities--all of whom share a common commitment to taking care of one's own. And,

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Uncovers the long history and rich traditions of giving among people of color. Focusing on four communities--Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos--Joseph draws compelling portraits of cultural heroes and heroines who personify the benevolent nature of their unique heritages. The author maintains that by understanding and affirming these traditions, we can form a new vision of the larger American community based on shared values, universal compassion, and a new spirituality.

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