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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 Girls as Evangelists

The Girls as Evangelists

(p.104) Chapter 11 The Girls as Evangelists
Out of the Mouths of Babes

Thomas A. Robinson

Lanette D. Ruff

Oxford University Press

The girl evangelists were real evangelists and they and their team functioned as an adult revivalist team would, planning and scheduling crusades that generally lasted about three weeks in each city. Some comparison is made with vaudeville acts of the day and the organization needed for itinerant kinds of entertainment. Ways in which the girls were promoted are discussed. Often the age of the girl was a selling point – the younger the better. Reference was often made to the great crowds they had drawn in past crusades or the number of converts they had gained, or some special talent. The girl's staff, musical aspects of the crusades, and the audience are examined, as well as the cash aspect of evangelism, and ways of building up a supportive following. In all these activities, the girl evangelists were following the well-tested methods of adult revivalists.

Keywords:   evangelism, revivalism, planning a crusade, crusade music, crusade staff, evangelistic team

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