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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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Exiting the Stage

Exiting the Stage

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(p.142) Chapter 15 Exiting the Stage
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Out of the Mouths of Babes
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Thomas A. Robinson

Lanette D. Ruff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.003.0015

This chapter discusses the role exits experienced by the girls. All experience the exit from adolescence into adulthood, but the girl evangelists at the same time had to leave the identity by which they had known for years. Where does the exit from girl evangelists lead? For some, it led to marriage and family; others continued preaching, either remaining itinerant revivalists or settling down to pastor churches, or by marriage becoming part of a preaching team. In a few cases, two women joined together to form an adult revivalist team. Some took jobs in the secular work. And some crashed, dying young and committing suicide. For many, they simply disappear from the record. The struggle to move from star status as a child into some adult role would have been similar to that of child actors.

Keywords:   role exits, adolescence to adulthood, marriage, suicide, child star

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