Charles Oliver Brown

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Charles Oliver Brown was a congregational minister and bugler for William T. Sherman during the Civil War.[1]

Social Gospel

Brown's book Talks on the Labor Troubles is often mentioned [2] as one of the early clerical statements on American labor troubles.

The book is also important that Brown has been credited with coining the term Social Gospel.[3][4] Brown was inspired by Henry George's popular book, "Progress and Poverty".[5]


  1. Michigan history: Sherman gives his 'war is hell' speech
  2. Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, Cambridge University
  3. Marty, Martin E. (1997). Modern American Religion, Volume 1: The Irony of It All, 1893-1919. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226508948. 
  4. Gould, Rebecca (2005). At home in nature modern homesteading and spiritual practice in America. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0520241428. 
  5. Brown, Oliver (1886). Talks on the Labor Troubles, 9.