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Holy JumpersEvangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era America$
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William Kostlevy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377842.001.0001

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Pentecost Comes to the White City

Pentecost Comes to the White City

The Chicago Revival and the General Holiness Assembly of 1901

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In March of 1901, Duke Farson skillfully using the daily press attracted Chicago residence and visitors to MCA revival services that ran for three months. Preacher actors including converted railroad engineer E. A. Ferguson, ex-prize fighter Andrew J. Dolbow and holiness movement folk hero Bud Robinson entertained listeners with colorful preaching and attacks on Chicago’s leading ministers. The theme song of the revival “The Pearly White City” captures the Holiness Movement’s critique of early twentieth century America. MCA leaders managed to co-opt a schedule moderate holiness convention and even attracted several key attendees to the radical cause including Colorado evangelist Alma White and W. E. Shepard. The General Holiness Assembly ended endorsing the imminent return of Jesus and faith healing.

Keywords:   E. A. Fergerson, Andrew Dolbow, Bud Robinson, S. B. Shaw, General Holiness Assembly, Alma White, W. E. Shepard

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