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January 09, 2011

To Fight Poverty, a Fund Changes Tactics but Sticks to Its Mission

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The Russell Sage Foundation’s efforts to combine scholarly research and political activism helped end abuses of factory workers.

As the Wall Street financier and notorious miser, Russell Sage, lay on his deathbed in 1906, the press declared he wept not at the thought of dying but at the cost of his tombstone. Though he was tightfisted in life, his soon-to-be widow decided that…

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