The Christian Advocate First Published
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Time Period
1826
Description
The General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church had attempted publishing a church newspaper several times as early as 1796, but these attempts failed to captivate mainstream audiences.

This changed in 1826 with the publishing of the Christian Advocate. It was an instant success in the United States, garnering 30,000 subscribers and 150,000 readers, making it one of the most popular periodicals in the country and propelling the Methodist Church into the public discourse. Part of the success of the weekly newspaper was the leadership of editor Nathan Bangs, a notable figure in early American Methodism who desired quality literature for the church and its readers.

Over time, the Christian Advocate bought out other smaller Methodist periodicals, creating a monopoly among Methodist popular journalism.

The Christian Advocate eventually discontinued circulation in December 1973 due to declining interest.
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Methodist Religious Events and People in American History
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Photographs

The Christian Advocate, vol 73, no 22, first page- Hathi Trust

Nathan Bangs portrait- Hathi Trust- from A History of the Methodist Episcopal Church by Nathan Bangs

Methodist Book Concern, New York- Internet Archive- from Sketches of Eminent Methodist Ministers by John M'Clintock
Book/Journal Source(s)
Bucke, Emory Stevens, 1964. The History of American Methodism. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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