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Building the Old Time ReligionWomen Evangelists in the Progressive Era$
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Priscilla Pope-Levison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723845

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723845.001.0001

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Soap, Soup, Salvation

Soap, Soup, Salvation

Rescue Homes and Rescue Missions

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Building the Old Time Religion

Priscilla Pope-Levison

NYU Press

This chapter describes the rescue homes and missions which provided humanitarian outreach to the destitute and downtrodden, the prostitutes and unwed mothers, along with evangelism. The symbiosis between evangelism and humanitarianism, in Vennard's colloquial phrase, was likened to the “bait on the hook” (humanitarianism), whose purpose was to “land the fish” (evangelism). With a similar mantra, Martha Lee, Carrie Judd Montgomery, Emma Ray, Florence Roberts, and Virginia Moss opened rescue institutions in cities like Omaha, Kansas City, and Oakland, while Emma Whittemore launched the Door of Hope, a nation chain of nearly one hundred rescue homes.

Keywords:   evangelism, humanitarianism, rescue homes, rescue work, Martha Lee, Carrie Judd Montgomery, Emma Ray, Florence Roberts, Virginia Moss, Emma Whittemore

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