The War Years
The War Years
On February 10, 1917, Pauline Agassiz Shaw died at the age of seventy-six. Shaw's death brought sorrow and anxiety to Mary P. Follett and her partner Isabella Louisa Briggs. Shaw had provided seed money for many of Follett's social and civic projects, and her loss came at a time when Follett was trying to raise funds for the new National Community Centers Association (NCCA). In the spring of 1917, Follett decided to write a chronicle of the community centers movement and raised funds to support the NCCA's contributions to the war effort. The NCCA was one of many social and civic groups enthusiastically supporting the United States's mobilization for World War I, such as assisting the Council of National Defense in gaining direct access to the nation's educators. Meanwhile, after an initial misunderstanding with Follett, Roscoe Pound, dean of the Harvard Law School, helped her finish her book The New State, published in 1918.
Keywords: community centers, Pauline Agassiz Shaw, Mary P. Follett, Isabella Louisa Briggs, National Community Centers Association, United States, World War I, Council of National Defense, Roscoe Pound, The New State
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