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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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‘To reconstruct the existing organization of society’

‘To reconstruct the existing organization of society’

From Philanthropy to Christian Socialism and the New Liberalism

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The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the expansion of Nonconformist philanthropy in the second half of the nineteenth century. These activities were partly attributed to the growing problem of urban destitution; partly a reaction to the evidence that the majority of the urban poor attended neither church nor chapel; and partly a reflection of the concern that the suburbanization of Dissent was threatening the emasculation of its witness in the inner cities.

Keywords:   Nonconformists, philanthropy, Dissent, urban poor, poverty

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