The Protestant Preachers: The Civil Rights Movement

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The Protestant Preachers began to attack individual sins like drinking and believed that wealth should be distributed to people in need. Walter Rauschenbusch and Washing Gladden believed power and wealth should be equal and competition was not Christian like. Their efforts looked to expand the church’s appeal to the lower class citizens. They wanted to make the lower class more aware of their morals and to live as Jesus would live. The churches began to establish programs for lower class citizens to alleviate poverty, fight child labor, and make better housing available to those in need. The social gospel movement’s ideas would play a part in other movements such as the civil rights
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