Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


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Master's Thesis

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Author's Keywords

Sociology; Religion; History


Slavery and the church--Kentucky--Louisville; Slavery--Kentucky--Louisville; Louisville (Ky.)--Church history


In the one hundred and forty years of Louisville's existence, it has grown from a log cabin settlement with no churches to a city with 269 churches and church property valued at over $30,000,000. It is impossible to measure the moral and religious force that they have exerted on the city. It can best be appreciated when one thinks of what the city would be without them. Few of us would care to live in such a city. In the field of education, Louisville churches have contributed much. Some of the first schools in the city were conducted by ministers, and the work done by various Catholic orders in this field have been far reaching. Louisville churches have contributed numerous college presidents. One of the first night schools in the city was started by a group of church men. Louisville children have had Sunday Schools to attend for the past ninety years. The location in Louisville of Baptist, Presbyterian, and Catholic Theological Seminaries and the Baptist Missionary Training School has meant much to the various churches of the ity. Most of Louisville's charitable organizations, hospitals, and orphanages were started by churches and church people. During both the Civil War and the recent World War much work was done, not only in the care of the sick and the wounded, but in providing inspiration, recreation, and hospitality for the soldiers quartered in the city. But the greatest moral question that ever faced the churches of Louisville was that of slavery. The positions the local churches took on this issue can scarcely be separated from those of their national and state organizations, especially in the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist Churches.