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The Demise of Protestant Moral Reform Politics

P. C. Kemeny

in The New England Watch and Ward Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

In the 1920s the Watch and Ward Society suddenly and dramatically lost its role as custodian of morally acceptable literature. In the early 1920s the organization enjoyed a string of victories, ... More


The Halcyon Days of Protestant Moral Reform

P. C. Kemeny

in The New England Watch and Ward Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

During the 1910s the Watch and Ward Society continued to work to suppress gambling and obscene literature and achieved dramatic success in its campaign against prostitution. Two crucial victories in ... More


The Failed Campaign Against Prostitution

P. C. Kemeny

in The New England Watch and Ward Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

Protestants criticized prostitution because it threatened the family and ultimately civil society, and the Watch and Ward Society devised a campaign to shut down Boston’s red-light districts. These ... More


Suppressing the “Gambling Hell”

P. C. Kemeny

in The New England Watch and Ward Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

After reviewing some of the more prominent forms of gambling that the moral reformers sought to suppress and the role that local politics played in Boston’s political life, the forces that prompted ... More


The New England Watch and Ward Society

P. C. Kemeny

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

The New England Watch and Ward Society provides a new window into the history of the Protestant establishment’s prominent role in late nineteenth-century public life and its confrontation with ... More


Epilogue

P. C. Kemeny

in The New England Watch and Ward Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

The history of the Watch and Ward Society following the controversies of the 1920s and 1930s is briefly reviewed. The strategies and tactics employed by the Watch and Ward Society help us better ... More


Introduction

P. C. Kemeny

in The New England Watch and Ward Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190844394
eISBN:
9780190844424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

The chapter explains the historical significance of the New England Watch and Ward Society, develops the book’s thesis, and situates the work within the contemporary historiography of the late ... More


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