Home Without Walls: Southern Baptist Women and Social Reform in the Progressive Era.

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Date: Spring 2021
From: Baptist History and Heritage(Vol. 56, Issue 1)
Publisher: Baptist History and Heritage Society
Document Type: Article
Length: 619 words
Lexile Measure: 1440L

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Home Without Walls: Southern Baptist Women and Social Reform in the Progressive Era. By Carol Crawford Holcomb. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2020. 247 pp.

Holcomb's meticulous scholarship in Home Without Walls traces the way that Southern Baptist women encountered, reinterpreted, and appropriated southern progressivism to "further the cause of missions and bring the entire world to a saving knowledge of Christ" (p. 10). Her social history of Southern Baptist women from the birth of the Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) to encounters with the Social Gospel and the founding of the Missionary Training School and Baptist Good Will Centers utilizes a variety of methods to recount a story of Southern Baptist women who "carved out... space" and "became a powerful lobby for a feminine approach to social ethics within the denomination" (p. 10). The result is a volume poised to make significant amendments to the understanding of Baptist history.

Holcomb's book consists of seven...

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