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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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(p.305) 7 ‘To reconstruct the existing organization of society’
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The Dissenters Volume III
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Michael R. Watts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.003.0030

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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