Churches and Urban Government in Detroit and New York, 1895-1994
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Series: African American Life Series
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Throughout his academic career, Henry Pratt was intrigued by the dynamic and reciprocal relationship between political interest groups and public policy formation. In an introduction to Gray Agendas, a cross-national study of the relationship between old-age interest groups and public pension formation, ...
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Henry Pratt’s premature death on May 7, 2000, prevented him from fully addressing reviewers’ concerns about black church confederations in chapter 6. Our common interest in the connection between religious institutions and local political culture led to countless discussions about this matter. ...
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Professor Ron Brown, a colleague in the Political Science Department at Wayne State, was most generous in his willingness to serve as coauthor of chapter 6 following Henry’s death. The depth and specificity of this chapter owe much to interviews undertaken by Sabrina Williams and by Carolyn L. Heartfield, to whom we owe special thanks. ...
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This is a book about city hall and the church, and more especially about the linkages between citywide ecumenical church structures, on the one hand, and officials of large municipalities and their respective states, on the other. The book’s emphasis on big cities, as opposed to cities generally, is premised on the view that America’s major metropolitan centers are of special importance, ...
1. Urban Churches in the Progressive Era
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It is not the conventional wisdom to suggest that American Social Christianity, from its inception in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to its eventual fading from the scene around 1920, was significantly impacted by municipal and state government. Social Christianity has been treated by several historians and sociologists, ...
2. Churches, Government, and the Great Depression
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The Depression of the 1930s rocked America’s urban churches to their foundations and called into question the adequacy of existing mechanisms for dealing with social problems and relating to city and state political institutions. In the preceding decade, the country’s citywide church federations, ...
3. Churches, Civil Rights, and the Great Society
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New York and Detroit, their churches included, were deeply affected by the events of the late 1950s and 1960s, including especially the Civil Rights movement and the related Kennedy-Johnson administration’s New Frontier and Great Society programs. The Civil Rights movement is generally dated from the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. ...
4. New York Protestantism and Appointments to City Offices
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As brought out in the previous chapter, in the late 1950s and ’60s New York’s Protestant Council became keenly interested in city politics and government, partly in response to events at the national level and partly in the wake of developments unique to the city. Whereas the earlier discussion emphasized the development of formal linkages ...
5. The Urban Church in a Conservative Political Era
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Beginning in the 1970s, and continuing into the ’80s, newspaper readers in the two cities under discussion learned that the citywide church structures serving their communities were undergoing profound changes. In regard to Protestantism, the mainly Protestant councils of churches in Detroit and New York ...
6. The Black Church in a Post-Church Federation Era
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As previously pointed out, the quarter century that ended in 1994 witnessed a decline in the social space occupied by the doctrinally orthodox, historically rooted Christian denominations in a number of American cities. Social and economic changes essentially beyond its control buffeted mainline Protestantism, and the same changes impacted Catholicism as well, even though generally less severely. ...
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Four of the seven merit special emphasis, since they relate to more than a single historical era or to more than a single group or institution. First, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, urban government proved to be a disturbing element in the collective lives of city churches in both Detroit and New York ...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2004
Series Title: African American Life Series