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Campus During Conference, East Northfield, MA
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In the decades following the Civil War, many Americans sought in religion, solutions to the economic, political, and social problems of the day. The Social Gospel was a Christian movement whose goal was to save American society as well as individual souls. The Reverend Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) was among the most famous and successful of the Social Gospel preachers. Born in Northfield, Massachusetts, Moody traveled through the United States and Great Britain, preaching to enormous crowds of people wishing to save themselves and the world from sin. Determined to provide a first-rate secondary education for young people regardless of race, religion, or economic circumstances, Moody founded the Northfield Young Ladies Seminary in 1879 and the Mount Hermon school for boys in 1881. For many years, the schools hosted an annual student and Christian workers conference. This postcard view of the Northfield campus was made during the 1905 conference.
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