New York: Fleming H. Revell Company. Good. (c.1903). First Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket) [worn but still solid copy, some exterior soiling, white lettering on spine and front cover rubbed but still readable, rear hinge cracked but not separated; school library property label (see description) on front pastedown, unused circulation slip affixed to rear pastedown, no other library markings]. (B&W photo frontispiece) An impassioned plea for the humane treatment and rehabilitation of prisoner inmates, the author's attitude pretty much summed up by her dedication: "Lovingly dedicated to our boys in prison by their Little Mother who believes in them and looks with confidence to a bright, victorious future when they shall have lived down the old, sad record, stormed the walls of prejudice, wrested just recognition from the skeptical and answered convincingly the question, 'can a convict be reformed?'" The author (1865-1948) went to work for the Salvation Army as a teenager and in 1886 married Ballington Booth, son of the organization's founder William Booth. The couple was instrumental in organizing the Salvation Army's early efforts in the U.S., but broke with the organization after a rift developed between Booth and his father. They subsequently founded their own organization, God's American Volunteers (soon renamed Volunteers of America), to aid the poor and underprivileged. Maud in particular was a tireless advocate for prison reform, taking her crusade on the road via the Chautauqua circuit. This book presents both an account of her efforts, including the formation of the Volunteer Prison League, and the stories of many of the convicts she met as a result of her work. [NOTE that the label in the front of the book indicates that it was "the property, and for the use of the members of the Sabbath School of the M.E. Church, Slingerlands, N.Y."] . (Inventory #: 14293)
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