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Victorian Missionary Periodicals

The Victorian age saw the formation of large numbers of religiously inspired organizations and movements. The missionary movement was the first of these movements to develop its own press, which was the largest religious press until it was surpassed by the temperance press in the mid-nineteenth century. Most of the missionary press was the product of denominational missionary societies or of missionary societies serving a group of denominations. Each society published magazines reporting the progress and difficulties faced in the missionary fields for their contributors. They also published periodicals for a popular audience, and juvenile magazines. While the basic function of the missionary press was to generate support for the missionary work, the periodicals also provided geographical and cultural information for the readers.