Social Gospel Movement

The social gospel movement was a major progressive social movement within American religion from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Social gospelers believed that they were called to build the kingdom of God on earth and as a result worked to eradicate a number of social ills, especially poverty and war.

The social gospel emerged in the wake of several major social disruptions, in particular, a series of violent labor-related conflicts including the railroad strikes of 1877, the Haymarket disaster of 1886, and the steel, coal, and other strikes between 1892 and 1894. Although most studies of the movement argue that it was in decline by the 1920s, Melissa Wilde found that it remained strong through the Great Depression and even continues to resonate ...

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