Building the Old Time ReligionWomen Evangelists in the Progressive Era

Building the Old Time ReligionWomen Evangelists in the Progressive Era

Priscilla Pope-Levison

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780814723845

Publisher: NYU Press

Abstract

During the Progessive Era, a period of unprecedented ingenuity, women evangelists built the old time religion with brick and mortar, uniforms and automobiles, fresh converts and devoted protégés. Across America, entrepreneurial women founded churches, denominations, religious training schools, rescue homes, rescue missions, and evangelistic organizations. Until now, these intrepid women have gone largely unnoticed, though their collective yet unchoreographed decision to build institutions in the service of evangelism marked a seismic shift in American Christianity. This study dusts off the unpublished letters, diaries, sermons, and yearbooks of these pioneers to share their personal tribulations and public achievements.