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This is the biography of a ruling-class woman who became a major American philanthropist. The wife of robber-baron Russell Sage (partner of Jay Gould) and in her husband's shadow for 37 years, Olivia Sage took on the mantle of active, reforming womanhood in New York voluntary associations. When Russell Sage died in 1906, he left her a vast fortune. Already in her 70s, she took the money and put it to her own uses. An advocate for the rights of women and the responsibilities of wealth, for moral reform and material benefit, Sage used the money to fund a wide spectrum of progressive reforms that had a lasting impact on American life, including her most significant philanthropy, the Russell Sage Foundation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253220455
ISBN-10: 0253220459
Format: Paperback
(5969mm x 3963mm x 34mm)
Pages: 552
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ruth Crocker

Ruth Crocker is Professor of History and Director of the Women's Studies Program at Auburn University and author of Social Work and Social Order: The Settlement Movement in Two Industrial Cities, 1889-1930. She lives in Auburn, Alabama.