Mainstream Settlement House Movement Case Study

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Although the mainstream settlement house movement was nondenominational and abstained from proselytizing, many religious organizations were responsible for establishing settlements, including the Roman Catholic Church, the YWCA, and the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In response to black migrations from the South to the northern industrial centers, African-American churches founded settlement houses to provide social services to newly arrived black migrants. In Chicago, for example, Reverend Reverdy Ransom founded the African Methodist Episcopal Institutional Church to provide employment, education, and welfare services to black migrants. By joining the movement, African-American churches were also
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