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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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The “Pentecostal Dancers” Invade Boston

The “Pentecostal Dancers” Invade Boston

(p.77) 4 The “Pentecostal Dancers” Invade Boston
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In December 1901 the MCA rented Boston’s famed Park Street Church for a ten-day revival with E. L. Harvey, Duke Farson, Bud Robinson and Seth C. Rees as principal evangelists. Evicted after several days for their dancing and attacks on traditional churches, Duke Farson rented nearby Mechanics Hall. The services attracted as many as seven thousand people to a single service. Shortly after the meetings began, Martin Wells Knapp died Cincinnati. In the power struggle that followed three women emerged as trustees of Knapp’s religious empire: Mary Storey, Knapp’s wife Minnie Ferle Knapp and Knapp’s secretary Bessie Queen who became editor of God’s Revivalist. In the ensuing power struggle the MCA claiming Knapp’s mantle separated from the Cincinnati movement.

Keywords:   Paul S. Rees, Boston Revival, Park Street Church, Mary Storey, Bessie Queen, Meredith Standley, Florence Potter, W. B. Godbey, Henry L. Harvey

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