By Raymond F. Gregory
This booklet is the tale of 1 guy s struggle opposed to those that might run tough shod over the deprived, opposed to people who find themselves guided completely through their very own pursuits instead of by way of these of most people. Norman Thomas, referred to as the perennial-- and simply -- Socialist candidate for the U.S. Presidency, devoted his existence to the development of justice and social equality. He truly used to be even more of a civil rights chief than a Socialist leader.Past biographers have considered Norman Thomas lifestyles throughout the prism of socialism. that time of view fairly clearly flowed from Thomas twenty-five-year management of the Socialist social gathering. Norman Gregory, besides the fact that, has tested Thomas existence from a unique viewpoint. Norman Thomas was once at the beginning an recommend for the development of the civil rights and liberties of minorities, the negative, the oppressed, and the disadvantaged, and he devoted the complete of his existence to these reasons. noticeable from that point of view, Thomas used Socialism to develop beliefs that finally ended in the enactment of the protection web that protects all americans this day -- Social defense, unemployment assurance, minimal salary legislation, the abolition of kid exertions, employees repayment legislation, revolutionary source of revenue taxation legislation, and anti-discrimination legislation keeping all races and nationalities in addition to girls, the disabled, and the elderly. A conscientious objector in international wars and a constant recommend for international peace in addition to social justice, Norman Thomas was once tear-gassed, arrested, and jailed as he stood up for the rights of minorities, immigrants, and the operating negative. as well as being a civil rights activist, Thomas headed the Socialist celebration for 18 years, ran for president six occasions, used to be a pacifist, and created numerous associations to increase international peace and common disarmament. He strongly and vocally adverse the Vietnam War.This biography highlights the values that lay in the back of his activities, values which incorporated points of socialism yet which additionally conflicted with the perspectives of many Leftists.
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This was to be their home for the next seven years, during which four more children — Bill, Polly, Frances, and Becky — would join the family (Evan arrived later). In addition to designating Thomas the pastor of the East Harlem Church, church officials also appointed him the chairman of the American Parish Among Immigrants in New York, a loose grouping of several other small Presbyterian churches and community centers located in the Harlem area. His administrative duties in both posts were daunting.
Pacifism and Socialism War demands that I give my conscience . . into the keeping of my superior officer. It knows no crime but disobedience. It sanctions deception and countenances the buying of treason. It organizes all the triumphs of science for the killing of men. 1 In this essay, the Church’s position on the war also came under Thomas’ attack. He observed that while the Church maintained that a worker who sees his children suffering from malnutrition, because he lacks the means to adequately feed them, may not resort to violence in order to place food on the family dinner table.
Mr. Mitchel [the incumbent mayor] had not called every man a traitor who disagreed with [his] most violent pro-war party.... On the so-called peace issue, I do not see that Mr. Hillquit’s position is treasonable. . As for the church, he thought he was rendering her a high service by showing that she was sufficiently universal in nature to accept radical as well as conservative ministers. But he had no doubt that he may have undermined his future with the church: For myself I believe that Christian ethics are impossible in the present order of society and that every Christian must desire a new social order based on cooperation rather than competition....