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Presbyterian, Men's Organizations


In 1906, Presbyterian men from around the country gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana, to hear not only William Jennings Bryan hut the Vice President, Charles Fairbanks, exhort them to fulfill their calling as leaders in their churches and to shape the communities in which they lived. In the 1950s, Presbyterian men confidently met hy the thousands in national meetings at the Palmer House in Chicago to plan strategies and be renewed not only with regard to their role in the church, but also in their leadership in American society. Yet as strong as men's work has been at times, at other times it has struggled, particularly since the I 960s. Not even twenty years after the great meetings in the 1950s, the men's movement within the Presbyterian Church was nearly dead. The purpose here is to explore the history of this part of the Presbyterian experience in twentieth-century America.

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