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Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening

Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening 238 Book Reviews Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening By Julia F. Irwin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) (237 pages; $36.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, $14.74 e-book) Julia F. Irwin writes a history of the American Red Cross (ARC) focusing spe- cifically on the growth of its expanding international humanitarian mission during the first half of the 20th century. As Americans explore the U.S. foreign aid policies today, Irwin turns to the vital role the ARC played in the past. Irwin explores how the ARC harnessed the missionary zeal of the Ameri- can public, enabling this nonsectarian voluntary organization to rise in power and fame. The ARC delivered aid to the international community during the early part of the 20th century serving in a quasi-federal role. Later, during World War II (WWII), it helped shape the government’s fuller embrace of this diplomatic function. Being sanctioned by the U.S. government empowered the ARC to raise essential support from the American public, especially - gain ing momentum as the United States entered World War I (WWI). Making the World Safe addresses how the American public assumed responsibility on the world stage and how it both influenced http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2018

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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238 Book Reviews Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening By Julia F. Irwin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) (237 pages; $36.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, $14.74 e-book) Julia F. Irwin writes a history of the American Red Cross (ARC) focusing spe- cifically on the growth of its expanding international humanitarian mission during the first half of the 20th century. As Americans explore the U.S. foreign aid policies today, Irwin turns to the vital role the ARC played in the past. Irwin explores how the ARC harnessed the missionary zeal of the Ameri- can public, enabling this nonsectarian voluntary organization to rise in power and fame. The ARC delivered aid to the international community during the early part of the 20th century serving in a quasi-federal role. Later, during World War II (WWII), it helped shape the government’s fuller embrace of this diplomatic function. Being sanctioned by the U.S. government empowered the ARC to raise essential support from the American public, especially - gain ing momentum as the United States entered World War I (WWI). Making the World Safe addresses how the American public assumed responsibility on the world stage and how it both influenced

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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