In the Trenches with Jesus and Marx: Harry F. Ward and the Struggle for Social Justice

In the Trenches with Jesus and Marx: Harry F. Ward and the Struggle for Social Justice

In the Trenches with Jesus and Marx: Harry F. Ward and the Struggle for Social Justice

In the Trenches with Jesus and Marx: Harry F. Ward and the Struggle for Social Justice

Synopsis

AN ABSORBING AND INSIGHTFUL BIOGRAPHY THAT ILLUMINATES THE LIFE OF RADICAL RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADER, HARRY F. WARD, THE CONTROVERSIAL CHAMPION OF SOCIAL GOSPEL IN EARLY-20TH-CENTURY AMERICA.

Excerpt

Reconstructing Harry Ward's life is not an easy task. He was a very private man who left no diaries or autobiography. Thanks to the foresight of his son and daughter-in-law, Lynd Ward and May McNeer Ward, many boxes of Harry Ward’s correspondence, sermons, class notes, and writings have survived. Still, important gaps persist, especially for Harry Ward’s English boyhood. Other than a birth certificate, a school graduation certificate, and photographs, no documents survive from his first seventeen years. Therefore this book is heavily indebted to Ward’s descendants, who have been willing to share the oral tradition maintained by the family and answer my numerous questions.

Nanda Ward and Robin Ward Savage, Harry Ward’s only grandchildren, demonstrated long-suffering patience with my visits, letters, emails, and phone calls. Due to their grandfather’s long life, they knew him well, and they listened attentively to their parents, thereby developing a rich, reliable oral tradition, which they graciously passed on to me. Robin maintains the family photographic archives, and she and Nanda have generously shared other items in their possession. Their mother, May McNeer Ward, though advanced in years when I interviewed her, was a veritable font of information on Harry Ward, for she and her husband Lynd remained over the years very close to “Dad,” as the family called him. I conversed with Lynd Ward only once in the late 1970s . . .

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