[Letter] 1910 March 9

Dublin Core

Title

[Letter] 1910 March 9

Subject

Charity.
Letters to the editor.
New York tribune.

Description

Markham writes to the New York Tribune about the pros and cons of charity and its effects on social systems.

Creator

Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940

Source

Edwin Markham Archive, Horrmann Library

Date

3/9/1910

Contributor

Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

Rights

Please contact the Horrmann Library at Wagner College for rights to use this digital image.

Format

image/jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Text

Identifier

MarkhamNYTribune1

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Text

March 9, 1910.
Under our present social system, all gifts, like the Rockefeller gift, are commendable. For they recognize the obligation of men to society, and the idea of social obligation is the most important of all ideas that can be impressed upon mankind. On the other hand, it must be admitted that there is something radically wrong in a social system that is forced to subsist by charities and donations. Charity is not a ground upon which men can meet in a manly and self-respecting way. Charity helps to separate men, for it tends to belittle the man who receives and to inflate the man who gives. Justice, not charity, furnishes the only basis for enduring and satisfying human relations. So while Mr. Rockefeller’s millions will do a certain kind of good in the world, I think they could be used in a way more serviceable to humanity. The wisest use of such gifts to the people would be to use them for the discovery of an industrial system that will make all such donations unnecessary in future years. Let there be a resolute investigation into the cause of poverty, so that charity may forever disappear from life. The people must finally reach a ground not dependent upon the benefaction of the great masters of finance. A society built on charity is built on the sand.
E.M.

Date Digital

2009

Digitization Specifications

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Citation

Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940 , “[Letter] 1910 March 9,” Wagner College Digital Collections, accessed October 27, 2021, https://wagnercollections.omeka.net/items/show/5100.