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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 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.


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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 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.

11 review for The Religious Left in Modern America: Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith (Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Climie

    There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about this incredibly broad and varied overview of the modern religious left in the US: the various chapters explore a huge diversity of angles, from Catholic anarchism to the role of the black church in the Black Power movement to labour organizing in Hispanic Catholic communities and leftwing Jewish politics. It meant i learned a great number of things on subjects and eras I didn't know much about before. The one glaring flaw (and it is perhaps embedd There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about this incredibly broad and varied overview of the modern religious left in the US: the various chapters explore a huge diversity of angles, from Catholic anarchism to the role of the black church in the Black Power movement to labour organizing in Hispanic Catholic communities and leftwing Jewish politics. It meant i learned a great number of things on subjects and eras I didn't know much about before. The one glaring flaw (and it is perhaps embedded in the book's design ) is a lack of consistent discussion of the way these strands of religious leftism engaged both with one another and with the broadly-defined Religious Right. The final chapter on the Evangelical Left does the best job of this, but I would have liked more exploration of that facet of this.

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