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Completed in 1929 and named in honor of a local attorney and donor, the Lindsay Young YMCA is the third-oldest remaining YMCA branch in the United States. The YMCA was established in London in 1844 and soon spread to the United States. The Knoxville YMCA dates back to 1854 when it was established by Second Presbyterian Church.

Making Men, Making Class: The YMCA and Workingmen, 1877-1920: By Thomas Winter This book argues that the “definitions of class difference were a part of newly emerging articulations of manhood among middle-class men.” (pg. 1).