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Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago

Heath W. Carter


This book argues that social Christianity was “union made”—and in at least two crucial senses. The first pertains to the history of ideas. Throughout the Gilded Age, the clergy largely failed to muster a critical analysis of the nation’s changing economic life. As vehemently as conservatives and liberals disagreed on matters of biblical interpretation, they were often of one mind on “the labor question,” attributing the vast disparities of wealth in their midst to the poor’s individual failings. Countless working people begged to differ and their communities proved hotbeds of theological innov ... More

Keywords: social Christianity, social gospel, workers, industrial capitalism, religion, labor, Chicago

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199385959
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heath W. Carter, author
Assistant Professor of History, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN