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History Matters: Heather D. Curtis and Holy Humanitarians: American Evangel...

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On January 24, 2019, at 4 p.m., the Library will host historian Heather Curtis (Tufts University), author of a timely new book telling a little-known but important story about American evangelicals, the media, and responses to human suffering. Holy Humanitarians shows how, a century ago, evangelical Protestants took on the troubles of the world, building a network of what we now call faith-based international aid agencies, an effort that rivaled the achievements of secular groups like the American Red Cross. But like so much international aid, the results were far from simple or straight-forward. Evangelicals offered disaster relief, medical aid, and social reform—but also military expansion and nationalist rhetoric, all under the name of Christian charity. Curtis’s book provides a thoughtful, nuanced look at the origins of today’s debates about the politics of poverty and international aid.

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