By David R. Stokes
The capturing Salvationist chronicles what could be the most renowned tale you've by no means heard. within the 1920’s, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed opposed to vice and conspiracies he observed all over the place to a congregation of greater than 10,000 initially Baptist Church in citadel worthy, Texas, the biggest congregation in the United States, the 1st “megachurch.” Norris managed a radio station, a tabloid newspaper and a helpful tract of land in downtown fortress worthy. continually at odds with the oil boomtown’s civic leaders, he aggressively defended his activism, watching, “John the Baptist used to be into politics.”
Following the loss of life of William Jennings Bryan, Norris used to be a countrywide determine poised to develop into the top fundamentalist in the United States. This replaced, despite the fact that, in a second of violence one sweltering Saturday in July whilst he shot and killed an unarmed guy in his church workplace. Norris used to be indicted for homicide and, if convicted, will be completed within the nation of Texas’ electrical chair.
At a time while newspaper twine companies and nationwide outlets have been unifying American pop culture as by no means ahead of, Norris’ homicide trial was once entrance web page information from coast to coast. Set through the Jazz Age, while Prohibition used to be the legislation of the land, The capturing Salvationist ends up in a court docket drama pitting essentially the most robust attorneys of the period opposed to one another with the lifetime of a wildly renowned, and both loathed, spiritual chief striking within the stability.
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Frank Norris, the preacher’s only actual claim to that title in the years to come. As for Norris, it was the first taste of controversy that would eventually become a kind of bloodlust for him. ” NORRIS GRADUATED FROM Baylor in 1903 and resigned from the Mount Calm pastorate shortly thereafter, opting for a sabbatical from the pastorate in order to attend the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed the rigorous master of theology program there, which usually required at least three years of full-time effort, in two years, graduating at the top of his class.
Frank Norris’s enterprises. Amon G. Carter. The wealthy and powerful owner of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, as well as radio station WBAP, was Fort Worth’s chief booster in the 1920s. He and a tight-knit band of unofficial oligarchs virtually ran Fort Worth in those days from the elegant confines of the Fort Worth Club. One of the few newspaper owners to beat William Randolph Hearst at his own game, Carter was the city’s first media baron. ” Chipps. A wealthy lumberman who ran a successful wholesale business from his offices in Fort Worth’s Wheat Building, Chipps was a proud member of the Fort Worth Club.
Arriving at the tiny rail station early in the evening one August night in 1888, the Norrises encountered a small town built around a railroad and the regional cotton business. A few scattered businesses lined deeply rutted dirt avenues that would hold water like a sponge. There was a grocery, a general store, a seed store, a church, the cotton gin, and other enterprises common to small-town America. In the evening locals would sit around on porches to whittle, chew tobacco, and trade knives. They would always, of course, talk about cotton — the key to the local economy.