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Evangelicals at a Crossroads
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Benjamin L. Hartley brings to light the little-known story of relative latecomers to Boston's religious scene: Methodist, Salvation Army, Baptist, and nondenominational Christians. Focusing on Congregationalists and Roman Catholics, Boston urban historians have largely overlooked these groups. Hartley, however, sheds light on the role of immigrant evangelical leaders from Italy, Sweden, and elsewhere in revivalism and social reform in postbellum Boston. Further, examining the contested nature of revivalism and social reform in a particular, local nineteenth-century context provides a basis for understanding the roots of current divisions in American Protestantism and the contentious role of evangelical religion in American politics. Hartley documents the importance of the American holiness movement as a precursor to the significant presence of Pentecostal groups in urban America, adding an important historical context for evangelical social action today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. D. L. Moody Arrives in a Changing Boston: “There Is a Magnetism in His Voice”
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. 2. The Early Years of Evangelical Institution Building, 1858–1883: “Good! You’ve Got the Fire in You”
  2. pp. 33-64
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  1. 3. Evangelicals and Boston Politics: “The Next Protestant Move Will Be No Boys’ Play”
  2. pp. 65-92
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  1. 4. The Salvation Army and Other Evangelical Organizations Led by Women, 1884–1892: “Aggressive Christianity”
  2. pp. 93-116
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  1. 5. Evangelical Consensus and Division: “All of This Confusion and Hurt”
  2. pp. 117-135
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  1. 6. The North End and South End in the 1890s: “Let Us Re-take the North End for Methodism”
  2. pp. 137-164
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  1. Conclusion: “The Most Marvelous Revival of All of Her History”
  2. pp. 165-179
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-253
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-288
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