In Darkest England and the Way Out, by William Booth

William Booth

On this day in history,

in 1890, “In Darkest England and the Way Out”, a classic work of social programming by Salvation Army Founder, William Booth, was first published.

This controversial book presented Booth‘s plans for a program to help the poor and needy. His ideas were summarized in what he termed ‘The Cab-Horse Charter’ which read,

“When a horse is down he is helped up, and while he lives he has food, shelter and work. That, although a humble standard, is at present absolutely unattainable by millions – literally by millions – of our fellow men and women.”

“In Darkest England and the Way Out”

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.