The Decline of the Rural Church

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The Decline of the Rural Church,

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Mechanization caused the number of farms to decrease, so there were fewer people to attend church. The acquisition of Model T Fords by farm families mean they could attend not just the nearest church, but the one best suited to them. Many churches were abandoned in the 1920s and 1930s.