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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 Children

The Girls as Children

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(p.78) Chapter 9 The Girls as Children
Source:
Out of the Mouths of Babes
Author(s):

Thomas A. Robinson

Lanette D. Ruff

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.003.0009

Many of the girl evangelists started their careers early – some as young as three years old. This chapter examines the developing concept of childhood, a matter of considerable concern for social reformers of the period. In this environment, it was important for the girls and their handlers to present the girls as normal – though, clearly, many were quite isolated by their busy schedules (which included schooling) and by a protective support staff. For the girls involved in nightly evangelism, few friendships could develop with other children. Many reformers were promoting child labor laws, and sometimes the girls were the objects of concern in that regard. But no one seemed to express any interest in whether the siblings of the girl evangelists were having a normal childhood. The girls came from every level of society, though most were from Pentecostal traditions, and many scholars think Pentecostals were from the poorer elements of society.

Keywords:   child labor laws, concepts of childhood, normal childhood, Pentecostalism, schooling

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