[Luker] has given the proper prescription to cure the astigmatism of the historians looking at the social gospel.
[M]akes a good case for broadening the definition of the Social Gospel to include the white and African-American reformers.
American Historical Review
Massive, thoroughly documented, clearly written, [and] judicious.
He presents the social gospel spokesmen in all their diversity, black and white, conservative and liberal, enthusiastic and agonizing.
Louis R. Harlan, University of Maryland at College Park
[T]his is the most thorough study yet done of religion and racial reform in the Social Gospel era.
David W. Wills, Amherst College
From the Inside Flap
Examines the impact of the new wave of black and white reformers, many of them social Christians, who struggled for solutions to America•s racial problems between 1885 and 1912.