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Authority and Transgression

Pamela J. Walker

in Pulling the Devil's Kingdom Down

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225916.003.0005
Authority and Transgression

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The Salvation Army believed that the rescue work they carried out was urgent, it was a compelling extension of its spiritual mission. However, as much as the Maiden Tribute case raised public awareness of the Army's rescue work, it also sparked public outrage. These events created a particular challenge for women Salvationists. They exercised their spiritual and sacred authority within a context complicated by accusations of sexual impropriety, excessive public prominence, and expectations of maternal affection and spiritual responsibility. The biographies of three women in this chapter associated with the Army suggest how these issues shaped their careers as Salvationists: Maud Charlesworth, Effie Anthon, and Rebecca Jarrett. In some respects, each woman differed from the typical Hallelujah Lass, but these particularly well-documented lives reveal how Salvationists negotiated the tensions their work and lives engendered.

Keywords: Salvation Army; mission; Maiden Tribute; Salvationists; Maud Charlesworth; Effie Anthon; Rebecca Jarrett; Hallelujah Lass

Chapter.  20364 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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