Baptized in the fire of revolution: the American social by Chün Hsing, Jun Xing

By Chün Hsing, Jun Xing

This learn examines how the social gospel, an indigenous American reform ideology, was once exported to the turbulent chinese language scenario within the early 20th century via the younger MenOs Christian organization. starting with an summary of the YMCA and its position in American Christianity round the flip of the century, this publication relates how the establishment developed and built its personal kind of Social Gospel Protestantism.

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In both membership and staff, it was predominantly urban, and was primarily to serve the "white-collar" class, who had attained jobs and prominence in business through the "free enterprise'' tradition of the nineteenth century. The YMCA tended to be conservative, too, and sought to regenerate society through the conversion of individuals. This new civil religion also included the belief that Americans are a peculiar race and America a redeemer nation chosen by God to reform the entire world. Thus, Americans fused their religious commitment with a sense of mission.

A Page 27 technological revolution emerged, made possible by steamboats, canals, and the railroads. With the process of industrialization, the old economic system was rapidly making room for the capitalist laissez-faire. The Less Government Interferes With Private Pursuits the Better for the General Prosperity became the popular motto. 5 Hand in hand with economic development, and partly because of it, came drastic political and social changes. The emerging Jacksonian democracy paved the way for the second party system.

Since I came to Minnesota in 1987, Professor Yates has been my mentor. S. cultural relations. Her wide breadth of knowledge, her generosity with her time, and her patience with me, a foreign student of American culture, have made an important impact on my scholarship. I owed the genesis of this dissertation to Dr. Clarke A. Chambers, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. His seminar on American social welfare history in 1989 first brought my attention to the China records in the YMCA Archives.

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