DAVID R STOKES: "The Shooting Salvationist" (Andover)

The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920’s, the Reverend J. Frank Norris railed against vice and conspiracies he saw everywhere to a congregation of more than 10,000 at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest congregation in America, the first “megachurch.” Norris controlled a radio station, a tabloid newspaper and a valuable tract of land in downtown Fort Worth. Constantly at odds with the oil boomtown’s civic leaders, he aggressively defended his activism, observing, “John the Baptist was into politics.”

Following the death of William Jennings Bryan, Norris was a national figure poised to become the leading fundamentalist in America. This changed, however, in a moment of violence one sweltering Saturday in July when he shot and killed an unarmed man in his church office. Norris was indicted for murder and, if convicted, would be executed in the state of Texas’ electric chair.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89R Main Strret
Andover
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The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America Cover Image
By David R. Stokes, Bob Schieffer (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781586421861
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Steerforth - July 12th, 2011

The Shooting Salvationist chronicles what may be the most famous story you have never heard. In the 1920’s, the Reverend J.