Fifty Years' Work with Girls, 1883-1933: A Story of the Florence Crittenton Homes
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Fifty Years' Work with Girls, 1883-1933: A Story of the Florence Crittenton Homes documents the history of the National Florence Crittenton Mission and its member homes. The first Florence Crittenton home, the Florence Night Mission, was opened in 1883 on New York City's Bleeker Street by Charles Nelson Crittenton, a wealthy New York merchant. Crittenton founded the mission in memory of his daughter, Florence, who had died at the age of four. With the success of the Bleeker Street mission, Crittenton became a traveling evangelist, preaching in particular to prostitutes and the unwed mothers. As a result of his efforts, "Crittenton Homes" that provided rescue services and shelter to unwed mothers were established throughout the United States beginning in 1892. In 1893, Crittenton met Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, a physician with whom he had corresponded regarding rescue work. Dr. Barrett assisted Crittenton in organizing homes and, in 1895, in forming the National Florence Crittenton Mission. Charles Crittenton became president and Dr. Barrett was appointed as the vice president and superintendent. Local women's groups, known as "Florence Crittenton Circles," were also established to promote financial support for the Crittenton homes. Fifty Years' Work with Girls includes chapters on the history and philosophy of the National Florence Crittenton Mission. It also contains short biographies of Charles Nelson Crittenton and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, as well as chapters on 62 Crittenton homes. Photographs of the homes and of individuals involved with the Mission are also included.
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