By David R. Stokes
The taking pictures Salvationist chronicles what could be the most renowned tale you've got 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 fortress worthy, Texas, the biggest congregation in the US, the 1st “megachurch.” Norris managed a radio station, a tabloid newspaper and a worthy tract of land in downtown citadel worthy. always at odds with the oil boomtown’s civic leaders, he aggressively defended his activism, staring at, “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 turn into the top fundamentalist in the USA. This replaced, besides the fact that, in a second of violence one sweltering Saturday in July while he shot and killed an unarmed guy in his church place of work. Norris used to be indicted for homicide and, if convicted, will be carried out within the kingdom of Texas’ electrical chair.
At a time whilst newspaper twine companies and nationwide shops have been unifying American pop culture as by no means earlier than, 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 taking pictures Salvationist results in a court drama pitting probably 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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