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Out of the Mouths of BabesGirl Evangelists in the Flapper Era$
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Thomas A. Robinson and Lanette D. Ruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.001.0001

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The Golden Age of Girl Evangelists

The Golden Age of Girl Evangelists

(p.2) (p.3) Chapter 1 The Golden Age of Girl Evangelists
Out of the Mouths of Babes

Thomas A. Robinson

Lanette D. Ruff

Oxford University Press

The 1920s was marked by a revolution of manners and morals. Women, especially the flappers, have received much attention. But a stark contrast to the flappers had a stage during this period ‐‐ hundreds of young girl preachers such as Uldine Utley and Betty Weakland. This chapter examines the golden age of the phenomenon, situating girl evangelists in the age of child stars (even a child lecturer on atheism and evolution), a young Hollywood, competing news wire services, and a clash of cultures (between religion and secularism and, within religion, between Modernism and Fundamentalists). Also addressed is the importance of the newspaper record in identifying the phenomenon. As well, a definition of a “girl evangelist” is offered, with an examination of how various terms were used.

Keywords:   Uldine Utley, Betty Weakland, flappers, child stars, Atheism, evolution, Modernism, Fundamentalism, Secularism

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