Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

The Religious Left in Modern America

Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith

Editors: Danielson, Leilah, Mollin, Marian, Rossinow, Doug (Eds.)

  • Offers a comparative and long-term perspective on the intersecting histories of religious radicalism and the secular left
  • Challenges the perception that religion is antagonistic to democratic politics and culture
  • Chapters explore a diverse range of religious groups that contributed to the key social movements of the twentieth century
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This edited collection of exciting new scholarship provides comprehensive coverage of the broad sweep of twentieth century religious activism on the American left. The volume covers a diversity of perspectives, including Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish history, and important essays on African-American, Latino, and women’s spirituality. Taken together, these essays offer a comparative and long-term perspective on religious groups and social movements often studied in isolation, and fully integrate faith-based action into the history of progressive social movements and politics in the modern United States. It becomes clear that throughout the twentieth century, religious faith has served as a powerful motivator and generator for activism, not just as on the right, where observers regularly link religion and politics, but on the left. This volume will appeal to historians of modern American politics, religion, and social movements, religious studies scholars, and contemporary activists.



About the authors

Leilah Danielson is Professor of History at Northern Arizona University, USA.  She has written extensively on the role of religion and race in left politics and the peace movement, and is the author of American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century (2014). 

 

Marian Mollin is Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech, USA. She is the author of Radical Pacifism in Modern America: Egalitarianism and Protest. Her current book project, The Power of Faith: Understanding the Life and Death of Sister Ita Ford, explores connections between gender, religion, and politics in the postwar era.

 

Doug Rossinow teaches history at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America (1998) and Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America (2007), among other works.

Reviews

“At long last, prayers for a comprehensive and critical study on the religious left in 20th-century U.S. politics and society have been answered with Danielson’s, Mollin’s, and Rossinow’s The Religious Left in Modern America. This superb collection focuses not only on the contributions of Protestants, but also of Catholics and Jews, to struggles for racial equality, economic justice, peace, and human rights at home and abroad.  Bringing together an outstanding group of historians and religious studies scholars, this volume will help set the agenda for the emerging scholarship in the field for years to come.” (Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison; author of American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas)

“This is a splendid collection of essays by fine historians about a vital subject that has been hiding in plain sight far too long. In the United States, religious belief has been as essential to the ideas and actions of the liberal and radical left as it has been to those of the right. Anyone who cares about the thorny, inescapable marriage of faith and politics must read this book.” (Michael Kazin, Georgetown University; author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918; editor, Dissent magazine)

“Cutting across faith traditions and the entire twentieth century, glimpsing radical social gospels in local and global contexts, and political circumstances of sweeping significance, The Religious Left in Modern America is an important and timely reminder that a dynamic religious left has always operated at the heart of American life. This is the most comprehensive and impressive study of its kind.” (Darren Dochuk, University of Notre Dame; author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Danielson, Leilah (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • The Other Social Gospelers: The Working-Class Religious Left, 1877–1920

    Drake, Janine Giordano

    Pages 19-39

  • The Social Gospel, the YMCA, and the Emergence of the Religious Left After World War I

    Evans, Christopher

    Pages 41-60

  • Judaism, Yiddish Peoplehood, and American Radicalism

    Verbeeten, David

    Pages 61-79

  • Dorothy Day, Religion, and the Left

    Rademacher, Nicholas

    Pages 81-99

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73120-9
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Hardcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73119-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Religious Left in Modern America
Book Subtitle
Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith
Editors
  • Leilah Danielson
  • Marian Mollin
  • Doug Rossinow
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73120-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73120-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73119-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 303
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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