Why Not? or Lawyer Truman’s Story

TitleWhy Not? or Lawyer Truman’s Story
Year for Search1894
AuthorsTotheroh, Dr. W[illiam] W.
Tertiary AuthorsTotheroh, Dr. W. W.
Date Published1894
PublisherW. Ward & Co.
Place PublishedChicago, IL
KeywordsMale author
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The novel depicts the transformation of a small town into a small city following the arrival of people displaced by the Chicago fire of 1871 and the emergence of one of its churches into an engine for social reform. Some members and others connected to the church create a “Settlement” in a working-class area that provides housing, classes for children through adults, recreation, entertainment, and so forth. The Settlement is connected to a university and students living in it. Unusual in that denominations are rejected, taxing church property is proposed, and missionaries to the cities in the area are preferred over sending people on foreign missions.

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1894 Totheroh, Dr. W[illiam] W. Why Not? or Lawyer Truman’s Story. Chicago, IL: W. Ward & Co. Hathi

The novel depicts the transformation of a small town into a small city following the arrival of people displaced by the Chicago fire of 1871 and the emergence of one of its churches into an engine for social reform. Some members and others connected to the church create a “Settlement” in a working-class area that provides housing, classes for children through adults, recreation, entertainment, and so forth. The Settlement is connected to a university and students living in it. Unusual in that denominations are rejected, taxing church property is proposed, and missionaries to the cities in the area are preferred over sending people on foreign missions.