William Sloane Coffin, Jr: A Holy Impatience

Yale University Press, 1 nov. 2005 - 379 pages
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A magnet for controversy, the media, and followers, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was the premier voice of northern religious liberalism for more than a quarter-century, and a worthy heir to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. From his pulpits at Yale University and, later, New York City's Riverside Church, Coffin focused national attention on civil rights, the anti-Vietnam War movement, disarmament, and gay rights. This revealing biography--based on unparalleled access to family papers and candid interviews with Coffin, his colleagues, family, friends, lovers, and wives--tells for the first time the remarkable story of Coffin's life.

An army and CIA veteran before assuming the post of Yale University chaplain at the youthful age of 33, Coffin gained notoriety as a leader of a dangerous civil rights Freedom Ride in 1961, as a defendant in the "Boston Five" trial of draft resisters in 1969, and as the preeminent voice of liberal religious dissent into the 1980s. This book encompasses Coffin's turbulent private life as well as his flamboyant, joyful public career, while dramatically illuminating the larger social movements that consumed his days and defined his times.


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Avis d'utilisateur  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

Excellent biography which pulls no punches. Bill Coffin had a positive influence on a lot of people (including me), but he was not without his flaws. While the world seems a different place in so many ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - stevenschroeder - LibraryThing

Though the assertion in the preface that Coffin “remains the last of a once flourishing breed in American public life: the liberal Protestant minister preaching to the nation’s faith and conscience ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

The Great War Greenwich Village and the Upper East Side
Early Years
Europe Music and War
Russians White and Red
The Education of a WarriorPriest
From Education to Vocation
BusRiding Chaplain
Preaching the Word Coffin in Demand
Activist Episodes
Down by the Riverside
Flunking Retirement
A Holy Impatience

Wading into the Big Muddy
Moments of Truth Civil Disobedience and the Draft
Marriage and Family Life

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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

Warren Goldstein earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale. He is associate professor of history and chair of the department of history at the University of Hartford. His essays and reviews have appeared in Lingua Franca, the Gettysburg Review, the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, The Nation, and many other publications, and his books include the prize-winning Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball.

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