Author Shares a Historic Perspective on "The American Urge to Do Good’

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Sylvia Brown publishes new book, "Grappling with Legacy."

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Inspired by her family story, Sylvia Brown wrote “Grappling with Legacy: Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse” (published by Archway Publishing), which shares the history of philanthropic endeavors in America as mirrored by the Brown family of Rhode Island.

Set against the backdrop of Rhode Island, the family saga tells a story of philanthropic impulse. Wondering if it is self-interest, a feeling of guilt or a sense of genuine altruism, Brown delved into her extensive family archive to understand what fuels a multi-generational compulsion to giving in her family. She posits that the Brown family mirrors America’s evolving urge to do good – from colonial-era charity, to reformist initiatives in the Early Republic, to the philanthropy of the Gilded Age, to social impact investing today.

“Very few families can look back over eleven generations to analyze trends and the evolution of attitudes,” Brown says. “No other Ivy League university founded in the 18th century has a family still associated with it today.”

“Grappling with Legacy”
By Sylvia Brown
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 454 pages | ISBN 9781480844162
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 454 pages | ISBN 9781480844179
E-Book | 454 pages | ISBN 9781480844186
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
The eldest of the 11 generation of Browns in Rhode Island, Sylvia Brown earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Her career ranges from Wall Street to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to strategic planning for small charities. She recently launched Uplifting Journeys, offering immersive donor education in locations around the world. She has two grown children. She and her husband, Andrew West, divide their time between Providence and London. Brown has also written “The Post-Pregnancy Handbook.”

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