Title

Leilah Danielson. American Gandhi: A. J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century.

Publication Date

10-1-2015

Document Type

Article

Abstract

© 2015 American Historical Association. All rights reserved.Leilah Danielson’s American Gandhi: A. J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century weaves the story of Muste’s unlikely life (1885–1967) into a deeply informed biography and intellectual history touching on twentieth-century religion, labor and civil rights organizing, and radical pacifism. Jo Ann Ooiman Robinson’s earlier treatment, Abraham Went Out: A Biography of A. J. Muste (1981), presented a sometimes disparaging view of Muste’s political twists and turns. However, through impeccable research, Danielson provides more depth and takes us further toward understanding the man and the movements he promoted.Muste grew up in an orthodox Calvinist church in an immigrant Dutch community in Grand Rapids, Michigan, best known today for business conservatism and Gerald Ford Republicanism. Muste’s father worked all his adult life in a furniture factory and his son came to see his poor working-class origins as a...

Publication Title

The American Historical Review

Volume

120

Issue

4

First Page

1508

Last Page

1509

DOI

10.1093/ahr/120.4.1508

Version

post-print (with 2 year embargo)

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