Socialism and Christianity in Early 20th Century America

Synopsis

Despite an anti-religious reputation and the anti-religious worldview of many members, the American Socialist movement held a primarily religious and moral attraction for a small but highly articulate group of American Christians of diverse religious tradition. This study explores the dramatic and at times dangerous lives of individuals who found in the vibrant, growing socialist movement before World War I the grounds for hope that the biblical ideals of human worth and economic justice would at last be fulfilled. Its subjects are male and female, black and white, native- and foreign-born, clergy and lay people, and products of Christian traditions ranging from African-American Baptist to Episcopalian. Readers will find, not Milquetoasts standing hesitantly on the sidelines, but Christians with an unequivocal commitment to the complete socialist program who made major contributions to socialist work, as authors, political candidates, and party leaders.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Jacob H. Dorn
  • Douglas Firth Anderson
  • Philip S. Foner
  • Sally M. Miller
  • John R. Sillito
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1998