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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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The Bible in Times of Plenty and Want

The Bible in Times of Plenty and Want

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(p.163) 15 The Bible in Times of Plenty and Want
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The Bible Cause
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John Fea

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.003.0016

This chapter examines the American Bible Society (ABS) in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s—a time of prosperity and economic hardship. It begins with a discussion of ABS distribution to the blind, to immigrants, and to Native Americans during the 1920s and its attempts to connect the prosperity of the 1920s to its vision of America as a Christian nation. It then moves to the financial difficulties that the ABS faced during the Great Depression and the distribution efforts during the Depression, including its work with the Civilian Conservation Corps and other New Deal programs.

Keywords:   Bible, Great Depression, 1920s, Civilian Conservation Corps, Native Americans, New Deal, The blind, immigration

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