11/7: Amanda Moniz on “From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism”

The burgeoning of American and British humanitarianism in the late eighteenth century has often been understood as an outgrowth of the rise of capitalism. Amanda Moniz, by contrast, roots it in political developments. From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism explores the shift from an imperial to a universal approach in humanitarianism as compatriots adjusted to being foreigners after the American Revolution. Following leading philanthropists – most of all doctors – from America, the British Isles, and the Caribbean, the book tells the story of the generation who made caring for strangers routine.

Amanda Moniz is Associate Director of the National History Center of the American Historical Association and Program Coordinator at the American Historical Association. After receiving her PhD at the University of Michigan in 2008, she held a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University. She has written for scholarly and popular audiences about the history of philanthropy and the history of food and has pursued various public history projects on those topics. From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism (OUP, 2016) is her first book.

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support
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