Chapter

Exiting the Stage

Thomas A. Robinson and Lanette D. Ruff

in Out of the Mouths of Babes

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790876
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.003.0015

Series: Religion in America

Exiting the Stage

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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

Chapter.  4757 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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