The New England Watch and Ward Society

ISBN : 9780190844394

P.C. Kemeny
408 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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The New England Watch and Ward Society provides a new window into the history of American Protestantism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By suppressing obscene literature, gambling, and prostitution, the moral reform organization embodied Protestant efforts to shape public morality in an increasing intellectually and culturally diverse society.


Acknowledgment; Chapter One: Introduction; Chapter Two: The Origins of the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice; Chapter Three: The New England Society for the Suppression of Vice: Who They Were and Why They Wanted to Suppress Obscene Literature; Chapter Four: The Protestant Establishment in Action; Chapter Five: Suppressing the Gambling Hell,; Chapter Six: The Failed Campaign against Prostitution; Chapter Seven: The Halcyon Days of Protestant Moral Reform; Chapter Eight: The Demise of Protestant Moral Reform Politics; Chapter Nine: Epilogue

About the author: 

P.C. Kemeny is Professor of Religion and Humanities and Assistant Dean at Grove City College. He is the author of Princeton in the Nation's Service and the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Presbyterians.

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