Bonds of Affection
Matthew S. Holland
Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of AmericaWinthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln
Notions of Christian love, or charity, strongly shaped the political thought of John Winthrop, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln as each presided over a foundational moment in the development of American democracy. Matthew Holland examines how each figure interpreted and appropriated charity, revealing both the problems and possibilities of making it a political ideal.