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:

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The year 1890 was a turning point for the Salvation Army. Its leadership changed, and it launched a social services wing that would divide the organization in two and soon dominate the public perception of the Salvation Army. When Catherine Booth died, fifty thousand people filed past her coffin, and thirty thousand people lined the streets of London to watch her funeral procession wind toward Abney Park cemetery. The Salvation Army had lost one of its most important theologians and preachers; as an example of female leadership and authority, she had inspired thousands of Salvationist women. William Booth lost his evangelical partner. He began to withdraw from much of the daily work of overseeing the Army. He traveled to Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the United States to see the Salvation Army in action. He was later recognized with the publication of his book, Darkest England.

Keywords: Salvation Army; Catherine Booth; London; Abney Park; female; leadership; Salvationist; William Booth; Darkest England

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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