Corporate Ethics vs Good Society Group 2: Blessing Essien, Caroline Holloway, Alexis Maggio

The Social Gospel provided a light in a time of darkness, both metaphorically and literally, because the improvrished needed a source of hope in an industrial world. Meanwhile, they lived in overcrowded slums often filled with darkness.

Social Gospel

Social Gospel: the importance of applying Christian principles to social problems

Social gospel made a great impact on society immensely around the 1890s. The leader of this movement was Walter Rauschenbusch. He worked in the slums and ghettos of New York, specifically the area known as “Hell’s Kitchen”.

The principle of Social Gospel worked for social justice among the impoverished people especially in urban neighborhoods. Walter Rauschenbusch wrote literature pushing for religious backing for social justice. This helped to encourage individuals of middle class Protestants to join and attack urban issues

George Herron was a leader of the Social Gospel who observed the poor loving conditions of workers and their families in urban neighborhoods. Him and other Social Gospel leaders saw this as proof to literally build a Kingdom of God. They believed that to neglect this responsibility would be a social sin in the eyes of other Gospelers.


With the growth of gloomy and sullen slums came a new generation of middle class Americans who wanted to help bring light to those affected by this immense poverty.

Well educated men and women of the middle class began to move into slum neighborhoods in the late1880s-early 1890s in order to better understand the lifestyle of America’s lower class. The volunteers hoped to relieve the impoverished conditions of the slum people by living and working in places called Settlement Homes—a new provider of social services that brought hope to poor immigrants in the forms of childhood education, industrial arts, neighborhood theaters, and music schools. The settlement workers also advocated for child-labor laws, housing reform, and women’s rights. By 1910 there were more than 400 Settlement houses on America’s largest cities.

A society of Utopianism was the end goal for the leaders of social Gospel and reformers in this era.

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