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Los Angeles Crusade

1949

Though his evangelism had already been gaining momentum, Graham’s breakthrough came in 1948 when his Crusade in Los Angeles drew press attention and had to be extended from three to eight weeks as he preached to over 350,000 people. This began a long relationship with journalism and public broadcasting that boosted his fame and success worldwide and drew in larger and larger audiences to hear the gospel.

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Billy Graham

William Franklin Graham was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally in the late 1940s. One of his biographers has placed him “among the most influential Christian leaders” of the 20th century. As a preacher, he held large indoor and outdoor rallies with…

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