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Gilbert Stuart, Mrs. Marcia Van Ness, 1805. Oil on canvas. Edgewater Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.

Resource 10: Benevolent Societies

This excerpt explores the formation of the New York Orphan Asylum by Isabella Graham, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, and others. Charity work was seen as appropriate for women and enabled them to learn important skills, but different state laws meant different levels of freedom for the organizers.

Creative: Tronvig Group