Soldiers without Swords: A History of the Salvation Army in the United States

Soldiers without Swords: A History of the Salvation Army in the United States

Soldiers without Swords: A History of the Salvation Army in the United States

Soldiers without Swords: A History of the Salvation Army in the United States

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The Salvation Army is an organization familiar to most Americans. Seventy-five years of unselfish service in the United States have earned for it a reputation for "doing good." Beyond this general concept few people know very much about the basic objectives, the scope of activities, or the historical development of the organization.

The story of the Salvation Army in the United States forms a distinct and unique chapter in the history of the international organization. This book was written to provide a concise, accurate, objective history of the Salvation Army in the United States that would be of use both to Salvationists and to students of American social and religious history.

The research and writing that have gone into this work were spread over a period of eight years, and during that time the author received aid and encouragement from many quarters. Without the cooperation of the Salvation Army, this book could not have been written; and my greatest debt is to the many individual Salvation Army officers who furnished information not available from printed sources. The encouragement given by Professor Allan Nevins, of Columbia University, was invaluable. The late Don Pitt, former head of the Salvation Army National Research Bureau, read the entire manuscript and made numerous helpful suggestions.

I wish to acknowledge the friendly and courteous assistance of the staff members of the Columbia University Library, Union Theological Seminary Library, New York Public Library, Rose Memorial Library of Drew University, the Library of the Salvation Army Training College (Eastern Territory), and the editors and staff of the Eastern Territory War Cry.

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